ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On Wit" Grub-Street Journal (19 September 1734).
1720: Allan Ramsay
1720: John Calender
1721: David Mallet
1724: Aaron Hill
1725: Richard Savage
1727: William Pattison
1729: Alexander Pope
1734: W. H.
1798: Alexander Campbell
1807: Robert Southey
1826: Richard Ryan
Tho' Wit by vulgar souls be set at nought,
And some great men think little of a thought:
Yet through all ages every prop of state
Has likewise lent a helping hand to that:
And, in proportion to his own great parts,
Has prov'd a friend to wit and liberal arts.
Thus HALLIFAX, who touch'd himself the lyre,
Rewarded CONGREVE, ADDISON, and PRIOR.
SOMMERS, GODOLPHIN, cherish'd doctor SWIFT;
Nor did wise HARLEY turn the Dean adrift:
And so the Primier, who had next the staff,
Smil'd on CONCANEN, CIBBER, MITCHELL, RALPH.