ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Epistle from Citizen Thelwall to Citizen Norfolk" Evening Mail (12 February 1798).
1787: John Thelwall
1787: W. A.
1787: T. Walsh, Jun.
1795: Joseph Ritson
1797: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1798: B. O. B.
1799: Robert Southey
1799: Henry Crabb Robinson
1802: Thomas Campbell
1811: Robert Southey
1814: George Daniel
1819: Mary Russell Mitford
1826: Sumner Lincoln Fairfield
1829: John Neal
1830: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1838: William Wordsworth
1850: John Britton
1871: S. C. Hall
Great NORFOLK hail! Health and respect I send
To thee, whom now I joy to call my friend.
Great NORFOLK hail! Accept thy THELWALL'S lays,
Attun'd to sing bright innovation's praise.
All hail, great NORFOLK, in fair Freedom's name,
Those whom Equality shall raise to fame!
In thee I view the People's glory shine;
HARDY, TOOKE, JONES, and THELWALL all are thine.
To thee inferior in the noble plan,
We dar'd not boldly speak the Rights of Man.
But thou hast open'd now a proud career,
To give us vigour, and dispel our fear.
O say! what wonders must we not perform,
Upheld by thee, and radical Reform?
So Gallic freemen, form'd a pious band,
And back'd by ORLEANS, sav'd their native land;
Timid at first they lurk'd in mean retreats,
But ORLEANS fir'd them on to daring feats:
His festive board with Revolution rung,
And Patriot Chiefs of future blessings sung.
Glee, toast, mirth, sentiment, and jest combin'd,
To light the flame of freedom in the mind;
And that in him no coldness they might see,
He gave their Sov'reign health — the People's Majesty.