ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
AE, "To Christopher Anstey, Esq. the supposed author of Envy, a Poem, addressed to Lady Miller of Bath-Easton" Bath Chronicle (10 September 1778).
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: Samuel Johnson
1778: Christopher Anstey
As oft, in play or in a fright,
Boys thrust their faces out of sight;
Conceal their heads behind a screen,
And fancy nothing else is seen;
Tho' they their legs and rump expose,
And thus their lurking-place disclose:
So A—STY, wrapt in classic veil,
His comic genius would conceal;
But strokes of humour force their way,
And soon the New Bath-Guide betray.
The stilted laugh, and sly grimace,
Appear beneath the serious face.
Nay, tho' he draws so droll a list
Of merry Bards as every p—st;
And hardly lets himself appear,
But just squeez'd in amongst the rear;
What thus his modesty conceals,
That modesty itself reveals.