ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "On Reading Hayley's Life of Cowper" Barton, Metrical Effusions (1812) 212-15.
1779: H. M.
1780: Rev. Edmund Cartwright
1780: Eyles Irwin
1781 ca.: Mary Linley
1782: Rev. William Mason
1782: Anna Seward
1782: Hannah More
1782: W. O.
1783: John Scott of Amwell
1783: Helen Maria Williams
1783: R. B.
1784: J. U.
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. Robert Potter
1786: The Cottage Mouse
1786: Anna Seward
1787: Edmond Malone
1787: Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins
1787: J. B-o
1788: Rev. James Hurdis
1788: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1788: Edward Pye-Waters
1789: Dr. John Wolcot
1789: Q. P. R.
1789: John Williams
1790: Catherine Stephens
1790: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1792: William Cowper
1795: Rev. Joseph Warton
1796: A Lady
1797: Thomas Park
1797: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Robert Southey
1804: Robert Southey
1805: Francis Jeffrey
1807: John Taylor Esq.
1809: Lord Byron
1812: Bernard Barton
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Leigh Hunt
1818: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1824: Robert Southey
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1829: John Clare
1829: Robert Southey
1833: Allan Cunningham
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1842: Mary Russell Mitford
1850: Leigh Hunt
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1856: Samuel Rogers
1882: Epes Sargent
1812: William Cowper
1812: William Hayley
1812: Sir Walter Scott
1812: Mary Tighe
1814: Bernard Barton
1817: James Hogg
1818: William Roscoe
1819: William Wordsworth
1820: Dr. Nathan Drake
1820 ca.: John Scott of Amwell
1820: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1821: Felicia Hemans
1822: Letitia Elizabeth Landon
1822: Charles Lloyd
1823: Charles Lamb
1823: Rev. John Mitford
1824: William Cowper
1827: Mary Howitt
1827: Sir Philip Sidney
1828: William Howitt
1828: Mary Howitt
1830: William Blake
1830: James Hogg
1840 ca.: John Evelyn
1843: Allan Cunningham
1846: Rev. William Branwhite Clarke
1848: Samuel Rogers
Thanks, Hayley, for this portrait of the bard,
Whose sacred strain hath often charm'd mine ear;
Thou need'st not wish a more sublime reward
Than thy own labours have secur'd thee here.
Posterity shall gratefully revere
Thy efforts to increase the poet's fame;
And, while they shed for him the tender tear,
Shall yield thy services the meed they claim,
And style thee Cowper's Friend, a proud and envied name.
Cowper! in virtue's ever sacred cause,
Thy magic harp by power divine was strung,
To vindicate those just, those righteous laws
Once preach'd on earth by more than mortal tongue;
And as thy hand across its cords was flung,
As keen reproof or consolation flow'd,
Vice own'd thy powers, by deep conviction stung;
Reviving virtue lighter felt her load,
With energy divine the christian's bosom glow'd.
But 'tis not in the Bard alone we trace
That peerless merit which we all admire;
Though ruthless time itself can ne'er efface
The well earn'd triumphs of thy sacred lyre.
Those modest charms which timidly retire,
And shun the obtrusive glare of public day,
That winning gentleness which must inspire
With purest rapture friendship's hallow'd sway,
Shed o'er thy private life a mild and sober ray.
Ill-fated Minstrel! though the feverish dream
Of mental anarchy, with dreadful gloom,
Obscur'd the light of hope's celestial beam,
And scarcely left thee at the opening tomb.
Yet let not finite arrogance presume
To doubt the goodness of that gracious God,
Whose wise decree pronounc'd thy early doom,
And bade thee tread the melancholy road,
Which leads through conflict dire to virtue's calm abode.
But while eternal Truth's resistless ray
Extends its pure invigorating light
So long as Hope with sweet, delusive sway,
Can cheer the soul with prospects gay and bright;
While Conversation's social charms invite
To quit Retirement, and to join the throng,
So long shalt thou with undisputed right
Maintain those glorious honours which belong
To Christian Bards alone, and Virtue's awful song.
Expostulation may in vain be given,
Error's deceitful Progress clearly shown,
Presumptuous science strive to scale that heaven
Obtain'd by works of Charity alone;
A parent's aching heart with anguish own
The truths thy Tirocinium may display,
Still shall the merits of thy verse be known,
Still shall thy Task a pure delight convey,
And Cowper's fame survive though ages pass away.