ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Verses addressed to Mrs. Montague, Author of An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespeare" Newcastle Chronicle (23 November 1771).
1764: Alexander Carlyle
1772: Hester Mulso Chapone
1773: Hester Mulso Chapone
1775: Horace Walpole
1775: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1778: Frances Burney
1779: Edward Jerningham
1780: Rev. Richard Graves
1782: Rev. Robert Potter
1783: Helen Maria Williams
1784: James Beattie
1785: Edward Jerningham
1786: Hannah More
1787: Henry Erskine
1788: William Cowper
1791: James Boswell
1797: A Lady
1800: James Beattie
1800: J. W.
1810 ca.: George Hardinge
1811: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1812: John Nichols
1817: John Keats
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
No more let France her critic Dacier boast,
The Queen of isles a Montague adorns,
Whose genius tow'ring, as her Albion's coast,
The pedant sons of abject slav'ry scorns.
Fair blooms the wreath thy generous hand has wove,
With laurels green thou deck'st thy Shakespear's head;
Immortal Genius doth the task approve,
And bids his Poet's glories round thee spread.
Thy gen'rous pen was destin'd sure to guard
From Gallic ignorance his injur'd name,
With polish'd science to adorn the bard,
Bold to admire, yet not afraid to blame.
O! could his shade, where peace, where wisdom reigns,
Thy nervous page behold, with wonder fraught,
Even there the bard would bless thy friendly strains,
And own his magic felt, his genius caught.
There would he wish, (if there a wish can be)
Whene'er his Montague from earth retires,
Her form on those seraphic realms to see,
And tell the gratitude his bosom fires.