ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Peter Cunningham
William Newton, the Peak Minstrel, in "To the Rev. Mr. Cunningham" Gentleman's Magazine 55 (March 1785) 212.
Rev. Peter Cunningham:
1785: Anna Seward
1785: William Newton, the Peak Minstrel
William Newton, the Peak Minstrel:
1785: Rev. Peter Cunningham
1789: Anna Seward
Accept, sweet Bard, from me, this votive strain,
From me — the meanest of the Muses' train;
Whose lyre unstrung, while years have roll'd away,
Ne'er tun'd to Gratitude the willing lay.
Unknown to Fame, to Cunninghame unknown,
My reed has sounded to the groves alone.
My youth unblest, without a friend to chear,
My hopes to foster, or my verse to rear;
I artless try'd the sylvan song to frame,—
Spontaneous numbers at my bidding came;
But rugged still, unmusical they ran,
And Reason blam'd what Vanity began.