ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To Mrs. Montague, occasion'd by the Author's having paid her a Visit just after seeing the Tomb of Shakespeare" General Evening Post (4 September 1787).
1764: Alexander Carlyle
1772: Hester Mulso Chapone
1773: Hester Mulso Chapone
1775: Horace Walpole
1775: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1778: Frances Burney
1779: Edward Jerningham
1780: Rev. Richard Graves
1782: Rev. Robert Potter
1783: Helen Maria Williams
1784: James Beattie
1785: Edward Jerningham
1786: Hannah More
1787: Henry Erskine
1788: William Cowper
1791: James Boswell
1797: A Lady
1800: James Beattie
1800: J. W.
1810 ca.: George Hardinge
1811: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1812: John Nichols
1817: John Keats
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
As late I sought with ardour keen,
Where still lone Avon wails her SHAKESPEARE dead;
With sorrowing heart I view'd the joyless scene,
"And is," I cried! "the Bard's creation fled!"
His elves, that frolick'd in the star-light sheen,
Creep to their acorn cups, and hide their head;
And "the quaint mazes on the wanton green"
All undistinguish'd lie, "for lack of tread."
Pensive I wept; when, issuing from the tomb,
This welcome voice I heard, or seem'd to hear,
"What boots to me thy sorrow's fruitless gloom,"
To me, 'a kneaded clod,' thy unavailing tear?
Go rather, with pure joy and rev'rence due,
My SPIRIT seek, that lives in MONTAGUE!"