ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
C. B., M.D., "To Mr. John Cunningham, on reading his Book of Pastoral Poems" 1766; St. James's Chronicle (3 March 1767).
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
C. B., M.D.:
1766: John Cunningham
Hail, gentle Cunningham! melodious Bard!
Thou genuine Son of the Pierian Muse:
Alike thy Numbers, whether on the Heath
Thou breath'st the pastoral Song, to Measures far
Surpassing Dryden's once-enchanting Strains;
(To thine, for sweet Simplicity of Thought,
And rustic Lay, unequal) or, when Pity
Calls forth the briny Harbinger of Woe,
The Pearl that ever decks Humanity!
When breathless Virtue, in her silent Form
More eloquent than Ciceronian Tongue,
Bids Grief array her in her saddest Robe—
Then, with a Shenstone's sadly-pleasing Powers,
'Tis thine, O Cunningham! to sooth the Breast,
To calm the Mother's agitated Soul
For filial Worth extinct. — 'Tis thine to quell
That Anguish of Despair each gen'rous Friend
Feels when bereft of his congenial Soul.
Nor less thy Energy, when lighter Task
Of Prologue and of Epilogue demands
The Sportings of thy Pen; — the jocund sSng,
The pointed Epigram alike are thine:
Matchless alike thy easy-flowing Line,
Whether thou soarest o'er Parnassus' Height,
Or sweetly low'ring in the Midway Seat
Of minor Poet; or descending still,
Thou dipp'st thy Pinions in the Silver Stream
Of Helicon, to rise with freshen'd Pow'rs,
To fam'd Piaeria's Top, thy native Seat.
Newcastle, Dec. 20, 1766.