ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. S., "To the Ingenious Author of the New Bath Guide" Lloyd's Evening Post (14 May 1766) 457.
1766: Horace Walpole
1766: J. S.
1768: Horace Walpole
1769: W. O.
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1774 ca.: Anonymous
1776: E. H.
1776: Bat Bath
1780: Frances Burney
1780: Rev. Richard Graves
1782: Anna Seward
1785: Hannah More
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Alexander Thomson
1806: William Meyler
1810: John Hodgson
1820: Lord Byron
1824: George Dyer
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1830: Richard Warner
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1858: Samuel Austin Allibone
1766: Christopher Anstey
1770: James Thomson
1772: Robert Fergusson
1778: Edmund Burke
1792: Edmund Burke
1808: Anna Maria Porter
1829: Robert Burns
Not contented to rival Tibullus and Gray,
Say, whence this most charming diversify'd lay?
How came you by such an extraord'nary gift,
Thus to blend in one Poem both Yorick and Swift?
Dan Chaucer, bred up at old Granta before ye,
Ne'er told with such humour his Trumpington story:
His Simkin and Allen no more can compare
With the heroes of Bath, than the clown at a fair;
They gay Songster of Bottisham* is forc'd to submit,
And to you he resigns both the dancing and kit.
But I fear you will find it a much harder case,
To make the poor Poet surrender his place.
The Muses of Granta, so sweet is the theme,
Long to join with old Cam the Avonian stream.
At Bath could I meet with such a comical Bard,
The Vapours and Spleen I no more would regard,
And if ever again by Tarantula bit,
His music so sprightly shall charm the dull fit.
Away with the waters, I'd never more try
Old Moyse's cathartic, or blister of Spry;
I'd follow the Muses, I'd hallo thy dogs,
O'er Claverton's mountains, and Feversham bogs.
Come on my Bath Guide, Bard, Physician, and 'Squire,
You can cure all our nerves with your horn and your lyre.
* S. Jenyns, Esq;