ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. R., "To Mr. John Cunningham, on reading his Pastorals" St. James's Chronicle (15 April 1766).
1764: James Woodhouse
1765: T. O.
1766: J. R.
1766: C. B., M.D.
1766: Author of the Cook's Tale
1773: John Cunningham
1773: J. W.
1773: W. K-x, jun.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1774: H. W.
1775: W. Holland
1776: William Hawkins
1778: William Hawkins
1789: Mr. Tyson
1789: John Williams
1790 ca.: Joseph Ritson
1802: George Saville Carey
1802: David Carey
1804: William Mudford
1809: Stephen George Kemble
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1922: Iolo Williams
1744: Alexander Pope
1766: John Cunningham
1787: Rev. Thomas Warton
1800: Thomas Campbell
1816: Sir Walter Scott
The Swain, whose Footsteps love to stray
O'er the fresh Glade and flow'ry Plain,
In Innocence serenely gay,
Will listen to thy artless Strain.
Thy Lays are sweetly form'd to please,
They flow with Elegance and Ease.
The Vales that in their Verdure glow
With variegated Beauty crown'd,
The gentle Gales that fluttering blow,
The murmuring Fountain's soothing Sound:
All, all to thee as Themes belong;
They swell the Beauties of thy Song.
Or, if to nobler Themes you rise,
(For nobler Themes might suit your Skill)
You charm us with a new Surprise,
You raise the Passions at your will.
By Genius wrought, devoid of Art,
'Tis Nature's language to the Heart.
Time shall reprieve thy gentle Lays,
And bid them future Ages charm:
Some future Bard shall sing thy Praise,
His Strains with glowing Ardour warm:
Lays, he with Rapture shall explore,
Such as yourself had sung before.