ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. John Brown
Mentor, "Fragment, written in the Life-time of the late Rev. Dr. Brown, on the Author's seeing him publically lampooned" 1765 ca; Newcastle Chronicle (24 July 1773).
Rev. John Brown:
1745: S. H.
1757: Thomas Gray
1758: Thomas Gray
1761: Bp. Richard Hurd
1763: Robert Lloyd
1764: W. K.
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: A. E.
1765 ca.: Mentor
1765: R. X.
1766: Thomas Gray
1775: Elizabeth Carter
1780: Gilbert Walmsley
1790: L. L.
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1797: Thomas Green
1800 ca.: Robert Southey
1801: William Gilpin
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1807: Robert Southey
1823: William Wordsworth
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1853: Rev. John Mitford
1891: George Birkbeck Hill
1910: Ralph Straus
1911: George Saintsbury
1765 ca.: Rev. John Brown
Cease, cease lampooner, cease such railing,
All spurious wit, and unavailing.
Art thou a boy, or man, or woman,
Blush, blush, to make such language common:
For ever must this country be
O'er-run with merit's foes, like thee?
Alas, shall Genius never soar,
To bless us on this wealthy shore?
Is BROWN, who can such learning boast,
Sent here to be revil'd and lost?
Distinguish'd in Apollo's train,
Shall rudeness dare to give him pain?
His sacred function ought to draw
At least our reverential awe.
I praise him not in every title,
His ESTIMATE seems wrong a little;
His Plays! — but see the Graces met,
The Bard and Scholar to complete!
Approv'd his early numbers rose,
All own his pure, his nervous prose;
All own the height his sense can reach,
All own how justly he can preach:
Ev'n some who prize not truth or song,
Have felt the magic of his tongue.
O yield his talents copious sway,
Nor let such pearls be thrown away.