ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir James Bland Burges
Anonymous, in "Marat. Political Eclogue" Morning Chronicle (11 August 1793).
Sir James Bland Burges:
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1799: George Hardinge
1800: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1800: Thomas James Mathias
1801: William Wordsworth
1801: William Taylor of Norwich
1801: Anna Seward
1801: Thomas Dermody
1801: Dr. John Aikin
1801: Alexander Thomson
1806: Richard Cumberland
1807: George Chalmers
1807 ca.: George Hardinge
1810: Robert Southey
1811: Lord Byron
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1815: George Ticknor
1817: John Murray
1817: Rev. William Beloe
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1847: Horace Smith
1899: Rowland E. Prothero
Knight of the Catgut! oily chief of men!
Friend of my fame, and partner of my pen!
Since well we know thy paragraphick skill,
Try if thy voice for once can match thy quill.
Wake the sad strain; — attend a patriot's hearse
With tristful numbers and lugubrious verse:
Apt is the time, illustrious is the theme,
Nor thou the meanest of the muse's team,
For oft' I've heard enraptur'd swine-herds tell
Sir JOSEPH MAWBEY sings not half so well.
MAWBEY, base loon! dare he with me contend?
What will not next these sow-gelders pretend!
Now, now 'tis plain rank envy fir'd his breast,
Me with mock fondness when he thus addrest:
"Rash youth! in vain to luckless rhyme betrayed,
Leave not the pickle for the tuneful trade.
Lo, ambush'd criticks haunt the doubtful way;
Not thy own acid half so sharp as they!
But bounteous Europe spreads for thee her stores,
Her olives Spain, Westphalia sends her boars;
Oxford, that marked thy reason's earliest dawn,
Oxford — 'tis all she can! — shall send her brawn."
With artful counsel thus my ears he crams,
I smoaked his drift — but would not smoak his hams.