ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Character" General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (30 January 1778).
1763: James Beattie
1773: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1783: Samuel Johnson
1783: Hannah More
1794: Frances Burney
1797: Charles Lamb
1799: Thomas Green
1804: G. L. Schoen
1818: Rev. William Beloe
1820: Dr. Nathan Drake
1826: Sir Walter Scott
1826: Leigh Hunt
1845: John Wilson
1934: Roderick Marshall
HOOLE to the stage his annual tribute sends,
Tho' not transcendent, yet he scarce offends.
If perseverence could one poet raise,
Or application gain a poet praise,
HOOLE bears a claim outrating all the rest;
Of all the plodding play-wrights, HOOLE'S the best;
By method and by rule he writes each play,
Packs up his tools, and sends his work away;
Like to some Crispin fitting well his friend,
Puts up his awl, his lapstone, and his end;
Is rightly pleas'd to find his job compleat,
Made to his mind mechanically neat.
Then this reflection's ever sure to rise,
The last will make a hundred of the size:
But method rarely is to Genius known,
The seeds of Fancy are at random sown.
Eccentric ever, and without controul,
Are all the flights of an unraptur'd soul;
True Genius knows no bounds, but takes her flight,
Disdaining rule — precariously right.