ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On Cumberland's Battle of Hastings" General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer (21 March 1778).
1765: Jack Frost
1765: William Kenrick
1774: Oliver Goldsmith
1778: Richard Tickell
1778: Frances Burney
1778: T. S.
1780: Thomas Davies
1781: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1782: Rev. Thomas Stratford
1788: William Cowper
1789: John Williams
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: Robert Southey
1805 ca.: George Hardinge
1806: Francis Jeffrey
1811: S. H.
1811: C. T.
1812: George Hardinge
1812: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: S. Hughes
1816: John Neal
1818: Rev. William Beloe
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1843: John Holland
1847: Horace Smith
1848: John Forster
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
Sure Cumberland deserves his bastings,
For marring thus the fight of Hastings.
Had he of bombast been bereft,
We had forgiv'n him all his theft;
For Shakespeare, Johnson, Otway, Rowe,
Won't make a less inferior show;
Nor will they miss, upon the whole,
The molted feathers he has stole:
Which but disgrace the cuckoo's wing,
Nor help the same-ton'd bird to sing.
If he'd the quill from Colman's hand,
He'd be the same dull Cumberland;
For all his works are own'd so rare,
They may be read like witch's pray'r;
Except his Odes — and they may vie,
In poesy — with Mrs. Pye.
Well might he in the Lobby stand,
And bow, and scrape, with hat in hand,
And thank each fool of town and court,
For giving him such kind support;
Conscious himself — from expectation,
That he and Play deserv'd damnation.