ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
W. O., "On reading the New Bath Guide, written by Simkin Blunderhead, Esq." Bath Journal (18 December 1769).
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
1769: Christopher Anstey
1782: William Hayley
This comical Son of the Blunderhead Tribe,
Is a clear-headed Wit, and a long-headed Scribe:
A Work of such Humour, and Spirit so keen,
I freely acknowledge I seldom have seen.
So smooth are his Strains, and his Satire so smart,
He tickles the Ear, while he touches the Heart.
With Rapture we read, while his Numbers display
The Humour of SWIFT, and the Sweetness of GAY.
(O Candour! forgive the devotional Dream,
The only reprovable Verse in his Theme.)
If this be the Way of the Blunderhead Clan,
Pray shew a more sensible Head if you can:
If this be the Case, that your Blunderheads write
More Wit ten to one, than some Wiseheads indite;
Tho' Folly might frown, and the Criticks might damn,
I'd still be a BLUNDERHEAD more than I am.
Dec. 12, 1769.