ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Samuel Jackson Pratt
, "To the Author of Sympathy" in Pratt, Miscellanies (1785) 1:ix-x.
Samuel Jackson Pratt:
1778 ca.: William Cole
1781: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: James Beattie
1781: B. Walwyn
1781: Clara Reeve
1781: Edmund Rack
1782: Horace Walpole
1782: Anna Seward
1785: Clara Reeve
1785: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1785: H. S.
1786: Anna Seward
1786: Rev. Mr. Poleskcles
1799: Mary Robinson
1802: William Mavor
1802: William Meyler
1803: Henry James Pye
1803: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1803: John Morfitt
1803: R. B. W-n
1804: Rev. Richard Graves
1805: Anna Seward
1808: Lord Byron
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Robert Southey
1809: J. G.
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1810: Mary Russell Mitford
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1815: William Henry Ireland
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1850: John Britton
1952: Mary Alden Hopkins
1781: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1785: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1792: Clara Reeve
What son of Phoebus strikes the heavenly lyre?
With sweetest strains of Nature, and of art,
What sounds that sacred harmony inspire,
Strike on the ear, and vib'rate thro' the heart?
While this new candidate for virtuous fame,
Like a coy lover, hides the secret flame,
Enjoys the plaudits, and conceals his name?
Hear'st thou, my Clio? — Heav'n-descended Muse
Let not this laurel'd Chief remain unknown;
Tho' modest merit shou'd the praise refuse,
Assert thy Poet, and his temples crown;
O! should a lay like this be sung in vain?
Or shou'd the sweetest swan conceal'd remain,
While many a goose loud gabbles o'er the plain?
Within each gen'rous heart, his song enshrin'd,
Shall rouse the social passions to a tear;
Shall wake to Sympathy each feeling mind,
And blend Love's rosy smile with Pity's tear.
Then, Clio, tell with pride thy Poet's name,
Freed from the fears of Envy's dart or blame,
And let th' admiring world — thy Bard proclaim.