ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Thomas Gibbons
, "To the Rev. Mr. Thomas Gibbons, on reading some abusive Verses to him" Gentleman's Magazine 20 (November 1750) 517.
Rev. Thomas Gibbons:
1750: Rev. Moses Browne
1764: The Palladium Author
1781: Samuel Johnson
1785: The Rural Christian
1785: K. T.
1812: John Nichols
Rev. Moses Browne:
1736: James Thomson
1739: Rev. Thomas Birch
1739: Richard Savage
1749: Rev. Isaac Watts
1750: Rev. Thomas Gibbons
Blush not, sweet poet! if thy piece
Meets a like fate with his of Greece,
By Envy's bands invaded;
Stamp'd, on the bullion of thy lines,
Genius, with strong impression, shines
More mark'd, the more degraded.
Of merit 'tis the gen'ral fate,
All that was ever good, or great,
Mean souls delight to sully:
Seek we the crowd to shun? My friend!
Laurels can't Young from dirt defend,
Nor eloquence a Tully.
The owl will hoot, that cannot sing;
Spite would displume the Muses' wing,
Tho' Phoebus self applaud her:
Still Homer bleeds in Zoilus' page,
A Virgil scap'd not Maevius' rage,
And Milton has his Lauder.