ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
John Taylor Esq.
, "To the Memory of the Late William Gifford, Esq." Gentleman's Magazine 97 (January 1827) 63.
1796: Thomas James Mathias
1797: George Dyer
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Joseph Dennie
1803: Richard Nares
1803: J. C. H.
1807: Thomas Campbell
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1808: Bp. Richard Mant
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1808: Elizabeth Trefusis
1808: Rev. William Herbert
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Robert Southey
1810: J. G.
1813: Edward Thurlow
1813: Lord Byron
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: John Gwilliam
1815: George Ticknor
1816: John Taylor Esq.
1816: John Murray
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: James Hogg
1820: John Taylor Esq.
1822: William Maginn
1823: John Wilson
1823: John Taylor Esq.
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: William Hazlitt
1827: Sir Walter Scott
1827: John Taylor Esq.
1827: Author of Hist. and Lit. Tour
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1831: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Allan Cunningham
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1837: Robert Southey
1850: Leigh Hunt
1856: Walter Savage Landor
1858: Cyrus Redding
1873: Joseph Devey
1882: Epes Sargent
1891: Samuel Smiles
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
John Taylor Esq.:
1792 ca.: Edward Jerningham
1793: Mary Robinson
1798: William Sotheby
1800: George Hardinge
1807: William Hayley
1807: Charlotte Smith
1810: Alexander Chalmers
1811: Capel Lofft
1811: Sir Walter Scott
1813: Mary Russell Mitford
1813: Horace Smith
1814: Thomas James Mathias
1814: Edward Thurlow
1815: Lord Byron
1815: Edmund Lewis Swift
1816: William Gifford
1817: George Chalmers
1817: Abraham Cowley
1817: John Dryden
1817: William Smith of Covent Garden
1818: Anna Maria Porter
1819: William Cook
1819: William Smith of Covent Garden
1819: Dr. John Wolcot
1820: William Gifford
1820 ca.: John Nichols
1821: George Colman the Younger
1822: Samuel Rogers
1823: William Gifford
1824: Lord Byron
1824: Richard Westall
1824: Dr. John Wolcot
1825: Samuel Johnson
1826: John Nichols
1827: Alexander Chalmers
1827: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1827: William Gifford
1827: William Meyler
1830: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1830: William Sotheby
1830: William Sotheby
1832: Rev. Thomas Birch
1832: William Boscawen
1832: Rev. John Brown
1832: Sir James Bland Burges
1832: Edmund Burke
1832: Lord Byron
1832: Richard Owen Cambridge
1832: George Chalmers
1832: Alexander Chalmers
1832: George Colman the Younger
1832: William Cook
1832: Richard Cumberland
1832: Sir William Davenant
1832: Thomas Davies
1832: Rev. William Dodd
1832: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1832: William Gifford
1832: Oliver Goldsmith
1832: William Gerard Hamilton
1832: William Henry Ireland
1832: William Jackson of Exeter
1832: Edward Jerningham
1832: Samuel Johnson
1832: George Lyttelton
1832: Thomas James Mathias
1832: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1832: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1832: Moses Mendez
1832: Robert Merry
1832: Elizabeth Montagu
1832: Rev. Thomas Morell
1832: William Oldys
1832: Amelia Opie
1832: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1832: Henry James Pye
1832: William Smith of Covent Garden
1832: George Steevens
1832: James Thomson
1832: Richard Tickell
1832: Francis Godolphin Waldron
1832: Horace Walpole
1832: Sir Charles Hanbury Williams
1832: John Williams
1832: Dr. John Wolcot
1832: William Wordsworth
At rest is GIFFORD! from a lowly state
He rose to rank among the truly Great.
His youth in penury and pain was past,
And Fate's dark clouds seem'd menacing to last.
But tho' he droop'd beneath the weight of care,
He sunk not in the depths of dire despair:
Still 'mid coarse drudgery, and tyrant sway
His mind was cheer'd by Learning's dawning ray.
Though worn by toil, sound knowledge he acquir'd,
Yet only to a humble sphere aspir'd.
At length, while bent by sorrow and dismay,
A friend then help'd him on life's weary way;
When e'en of hope bereft, appear'd that friend,
His spirits rous'd, and bade his prospects mend.
Gain'd him full liberty at will to roam,
And fix'd him in Oxford's classic dome.
A lucky star still shed its fost'ring rays,
To light his onward course to happier days.
Chance — no — benignant PROVIDENCE was there,
And led him to a noble Patron's care,
Plac'd him at ease, and, as the Sire began,
The virtuous Son fulfill'd the gen'rous plan.
GIFFORD with grateful zeal beheld the Youth,
And train'd him soon to learning, wisdom, truth.
While station'd thus, with ev'ry want supplied,
No change of fortune rais'd unseemly pride,
O'er former woes he cast no specious veil,
But told himself the sad eventful tale,
Rememb'ring still his youth's oppressive load,
And all the kindness Friendship then bestow'd.
Alas! what ills on human kind await—
While happy thus amid the smiles of fate,
For Genius and for Learning wreath'd by Fame,
Disease, with undermining venom, came;
And yet its course his patience ne'er subdu'd
But all was borne with Christian fortitude.
Mild was his temper, — if severe his pen,
'Twas only aim'd at vain and vicious men;
Firm to support those principles alone,
That shield the People and uphold the Throne.
In him the Critic, Scholar, Bard, combin'd,
With zeal intrepid and a candid mind.
False Taste he ridiculed, and drove her hence,
A triumph well achiev'd by sturdy sense.
At last exhausted, Death then hov'ring near,
The patient suff'rer saw him not with fear,
Calmly declar'd his readiness to die,
And left the world without a parting sigh.