ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To Samuel Rogers ... on his ordering a short Great Coat called a Spenser" European Magazine 27 (June 1795) 418.
1792: Rev. Luke Booker
1794: J. B.
1794: Robert Merry
1796: Samuel Parr
1796: Rev. Joseph Warton
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: S. Whitchurch
1804: Charles Burney
1807: Richard Cumberland
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1809: Lord Byron
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1811: Richard Cumberland
1813: Thomas Campbell
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: Edward Thurlow
1813: Thomas Moore
1814: Thomas Barnes
1816: John Hamilton Reynolds
1817: William Wordsworth
1817: Rev. George Crabbe
1818: Henry Luttrell
1818: Lord Byron
1818: E. W. G.
1819: F. W.,
1820: David Carey
1822: John Taylor Esq.
1822: James Harley
1823: Rev. Charles Burton
1825: William Wordsworth
1827: V. A.
1829: Charles Lamb
1829: Mary Ann Browne
1830: William Roscoe
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: Rev. Oliver William Bourne Peabody
1830: C. H.
1830 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1833: Allan Cunningham
1833: Charles Lamb
1834: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1835: George Ticknor
1840: Charles Dickens
1840 ca.: Caroline Norton
1847: Cyrus Redding
1848: Bernard Barton
1849: Dr. William Beattie
1850: Prince Albert
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1854: Lydia Huntley Sigourney
1855: Henry Crabb Robinson
1856: Abraham Hayward
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1872: James T. Fields
1873: Joseph Devey
1877: Bryan Waller Procter
1880: Henry Taylor
1882: Epes Sargent
1887: P. W. Clayden
1889: P. W. Clayden
1891: Charlotte Matilda Houstoun
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
SAM ROGERS, having long possess'd
Old Edmund Spenser's witt,
With garment call'd a Spenser now
He doth himself befitt.
O precious Impe of Fame! Sam Rogers hight!
Who chauntest Memorie in dulcett straine,
Filling our eares and harts with such delight
Entraunc'd we live past pleasaunce o'er againe;
This amplest theme, by other's minc'd in vaine,
Was by the sacred sisters nyne with held
Immortal guerdon for thy browes to gaine.
Certes, old Humber's bard, and he who dwel'd
Whylome in daintie Leasowes, are by thee excell'd!
In amice boldlie then thyself againe
Withouten bases, bearing aye the name
Of him who did on Mulla's banks surprize
The listening worlde with Gloriana's fame!
Ne Lord, ne Ladie, christen'd hath the same,
He soars aloft who did so queintlie sing,
And Lords and Ladies crouchen low with shame
When they unequal competition bring
To Poets — greater farre than Kesar or than King!
And could thilk Kirtle none but Poets weare,
How few sich peerless garment mought invest,
Should it like Florimel's coye belt so rare
Start from unworthie sides, "ungirt, unblest!"
But Spenser's genius is by thee posses'd!
So, as in holie writt yrapt we read
The Prophet's robe did with Elisha rest,
Of cloth, or freeze, as Spenser made with speed,
And to Spenser's high renowne eftsoons succeed.