ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir William Jones
R. W. Lytton, "To Sir William Jones" 1775; The Monthly Magazine 7 (July 1799) 480.
Sir William Jones:
1772: Elizabeth Montagu
1772: James Beattie
1775: R. W. Lytton
1779: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1780: Horace Walpole
1780: Rev. Edmund Cartwright
1781: Hannah More
1782: John Scott of Amwell
1794: Duchess of Devonshire
1795: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1799: William Taylor of Norwich
1800: Robert Southey
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1804: Bp. Reginald Heber
1805: Charles Brockden Brown
1807: Robert Southey
1808: Robert Southey
1809: Walter Savage Landor
1812: George Dyer
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: Herbert Barton
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1842: C. H. Timperley
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
R. W. Lytton:
1775: Sir William Jones
Friend of my heart, companion of my youth,
As fam'd for learning as rever'd for truth;
In whom united we alike admire
The sage's wisdom, and the poet's fire;
A gen'rous temper, and a noble mind,
Ardour undamp'd, and genius unconfin'd;
Well-skill'd to tread the scientific maze,
Skilful alike to raise the lofty song,
Or playful sport the flow'ry reeds among;
The smiling muse has taught thee all her art
To catch the fancy, and to seize the heart.
To form thy wreath, from ev'ry clime she brings
Each choicest product whence it native springs.
See her obsequious bring, at thy command,
Sweet Khoten's musk, and gems of Samarcand,
Each fragrant shrub from fam'd Bocara's grove,
Sacred alike to poetry and love.
This known to all; but words can ill impart
The cheering features of thy friendly heart.
Oh may our friendship, form'd in this dark cell,
Where "deathful spirits and magicians dwell,"
To time superior, firmly rooted, brave
The gloomy sea and dragon-teeming wave;
"Purg'd in that wave, and rendered still more bright,
For ever blaze amid surrounding light!"