ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To Mr. Auditor Benson, upon his erecting a Monument for Milton, in Westminster Abbey" Daily Gazetteer (20 October 1738).
1674: Andrew Marvell
1674 ca.: Thomas Ellwood
1688: John Dryden
1690: Thomas D'Urfey
1693: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1694: Joseph Addison
1694: Matthew Prior
1699: Samuel Say
1700: Henry Hall
1700: Samuel Cobb
1701: Matthew Prior
1708: Rev. Thomas Yalden
1709: Rev. Isaac Watts
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1712: Bezaleel Morrice
1713: Rev. Henry Felton
1714: John Hughes
1717: Bp. Francis Atterbury
1720 ca.: Ambrose Philips
1721: Judith Cowper Madan
1725 ca.: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
1728: James Ralph
1730: Aaron Hill
1731: Isaac Thompson
1736: G. W.
1737: Alexander Pope
1740: William Shenstone
1745: Rev. Sneyd Davies
1746: William Collins
1747: William Collins
1748: T. F.
1749: F. W.
1750 ca.: William Oldys
1752: S. S. S.
1755: Robert Lloyd
1756: Rev. Joseph Warton
1756: J. H.
1758: G. G.
1759: M. M.
1762: William Whitehead
1766: Rev. Richard Graves
1766: Robert Andrews of Bridgenorth
1770 ca.: Sir William Jones
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1773: Hester Mulso Chapone
1774: W. H.
1776: James Beattie
1777: N. N. D.
1782: William Hayley
1785: John Pinkerton
1785: A Lady
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1792: John Bennet
1793: William Cowper
1793: J. Laws
1795 ca.: John Blair Linn
1798: A. M.
1799: William Seward
1799: William Roscoe
1800: Thomas Green
1802: William Wordsworth
1803: George Dyer
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1808: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1810: R. Rylance
1810: Rev. S. B
1810: James Jennings
1812: William Henry Ireland
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1815: Robert Southey
1817: Richard Hatt
1819: Lord Byron
1819: Thomas Mulock
1819: Thomas Campbell
1822: W. W.
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: John Abraham Heraud
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: James Gates Percival
1827: F. S. E.
1828: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: George Wallingford Clarke
1830: John Abraham Heraud
1830 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1830: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1863: George Daniel
1880: Mark Pattison
1882: Epes Sargent
1899: Henry A. Beers
You who to MILTON'S Name this Altar raise,
Will share his Glory, and divide our Praise:
Whilst for the past Neglect your Pains atone,
His deathless Memory you make your own:
As often as this Sacred Ground we tread,
And view the Man whose Heav'nly Song we read;
To you so oft our Grateful Thanks return,
Who join the Poet's to the Monarch's Urn;
Nor are the Marbles of this awful Place
More honour'd by their Crowns, than by his Bays.
Hail, Britons, hail the Gen'rous Care that paid
The Tribute which too long had been delay'd:
One Virtue has the Debt discharg'd, and shewn
By paying it so well, how great 'twas grown:
Who knew the Labour best, cou'd best design,
What Honours shou'd reward the Work Divine;
The Beauteous Symbol to invent, and give,
Merits with MILTON'S lasting Name to live.
False Patrons, who but ill their Praise deserv'd,
Dead Poets flatter, whom they Living starv'd:
The Monuments of some record their Crimes,
And others plead no Merit but their Rhimes;
Merit that scarce has Life enough to last,
Till in its Niche the slighted Table's plac'd.
Your Bounty, Benson, with a nobler Aim
To our Applause asserts a juster Claim:
You set the best Example here in View,
And mark the Path the Poet shou'd pursue.
Sound Judgment, and the nicest Taste appear,
Alike in what you read, and what you rear;
The Fancy fine! a Master's Hand the Frame!
And Art and Nature have no greater Name.
Beneath their Feet the Venerable Stone,
Time was, when furious Bigots wou'd have thrown;
Not so this Age; in this, the Realm as free,
As ever wish'd the Patriot Bard, we see;
And Rest, and Science, and the shining Train
Of Arts, declare a BRITISH FATHER'S Reign.
Go on, thou Friend to Virtue, and Mankind;
Worthy of Thee, one Task remains behind;
Give to thy Milton next, thy Maro's Tongue,
In Latin Language clothe the British Song;
Farther than e'er th' Imperial Eagle flew,
His Fame shall spread, and owe the Wing to You:
To warm the Work with more than borrow'd Fire,
Thy Auspices the Lab'rer shall inspire.