ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, in Tickell, The Wreath of Fashion (1778) 12-13.
1773: Horace Walpole
1773: Frances Burney
1773: Lord M.
1778: Richard Tickell
1782: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1785: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1792: M. S.
1792: Dr. Henry Harington
1792: Simonides Pure
1796: William Linley
1801 ca.: William Jackson
1778: Gen. John Burgoyne
1778: Richard Cumberland
1778: Gen. Richard Fitzpatrick
1778: Edward Jerningham
1778: William Shenstone
1778: Elizabeth Sheridan
1793: Mary Robinson
At Fashion's Shrine, behold a gentler Bard,
Gaze on the mystic Vase with fond regard—
But see, Thalia checks the doubtful thought.
"Canst Thou (she cries) with sense, with genius fraught,
Canst Thou to Fashion's tyranny submit,
Secure in native, independent wit?
Or yield to Sentiment's insipid rule,
By Taste, by Fancy, chac'd thro' Scandal's School?
Ah, no! — be Sheridan's the comic page;
Or let me fly with Garrick from the Stage."
Haste then, my Friend, (for let me boast that name)
Haste to the op'ning path of genuine Fame:
Or, if thy Muse a gentler theme pursue,
Ah, 'tis to Love, and thy Eliza, due!
For sure the sweetest lay she well may claim,
Whose Soul breaths harmony o'er all her frame;
While wedded Love, with ray serenely clear,
Beams from her eye, as from its proper sphere.