ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "Verses on the Delay in the Erection of Dr. Johnson's Monument" Morning Chronicle (9 February 1792).
1737: Gilbert Walmsley
1741: Edward Cave
1750 ca.: Thomas Cooke
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Edward Cave
1752: Hester Mulso Chapone
1758: William Shenstone
1762: Rev. Charles Churchill
1763: Robert Lloyd
1765: George Matisson Rothwel
1765: J. T.
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: C. M.
1765: Charles Denis
1765: William Kenrick
1766: Rev. Joseph Warton
1766: W. J.
1766: Old Blow the Bellows
1766: C. M.
1769 ca.: Thomas Gray
1770: George Lyttelton
1771: James Beattie
1771: Horace Walpole
1772: A. C.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1775: An Englishman
1775: William Woty
1775: George Colman
1775: U GIO
1776: William Barnard
1778: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1779: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1780 ca.: Francis Grose
1781: Horace Walpole
1781 ca.: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: Elizabeth Montagu
1781: J. D.
1781: Rev. William Tasker
1782: John Scott of Amwell
1784: William Cowper
1784: William Woty
1784: H. K.
1784: J. D.
1784: John Hoole
1784: Anna Seward
1784: A. W.
1784: J. B-e
1785 ca.: William Julius Mickle
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. George Butt
1785: E. T. P.
1785: W. W-y-.
1785: Rev. James Fordyce
1785: J. E.
1785: Mr. Arrowsmith
1785: B. Walwyn
1785: A. L.
1786: A Lady
1786: Soame Jenyns
1786: John Courtenay
1786: George Colman
1786: Old Salusbury Briar
1786: Gilbert Horne
1786: James Boswell
1786: Christopher Anstey
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1787: George Colman
1787: Miss Bruce
1788: O. L. M.
1788: Rev. Richard Graves
1789: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1790 ca.: Horace Walpole
1790: Anna Seward
1791: Anna Seward
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1791: Rev. Bryan Waller
1791: Francis Garden
1792: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1796: Anna Seward
1796: Anna Seward
1797: George Dyer
1798: Thomas Green
1798: Edward Gardner
1799: Lady Catherine Rebecca Manners
1799 ca.: Alexander Chalmers
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1800: Thomas Dermody
1802: Rev. Henry Kett
1806: John Wooll
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1811: Richard Cumberland
1813: Dr. John Wolcot
1814: Sir George Beaumont
1815: William Wordsworth
1819: William Hazlitt
1822: William Cook
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1825: John Taylor Esq.
1830: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1831: John Wilson Croker
1831: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1831: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1835: Robert Southey
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1840: Thomas Carlyle
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1880: W. J. Courthope
Rev. Bryan Waller:
1785: Thomas Gray
1786: Rev. Thomas Warton
1789: Edmund Burke
1790: Rev. William Mason
1791: Samuel Johnson
1796: Joseph Addison
Doom'd whilst on earth each varied ill to try
(The lot of Genius chain'd to Poverty)
Posterity at length more generous proves,
And seems to dignify the Man she loves;
No longer she withholds the lingering bays
But with full hands her ready tribute pays:
As if Mankind, of living worth afraid,
Were only just to ashes and a shade!
Yet say, amidst the general acclaim,
So lavish now of honour and of fame,
Shall JOHNSON'S ashes still ignobly sleep
With common dust, an undistinguish'd heap?
No emblematic Muse be seen to shed
Those costly honours which embalm the dead?
No breathing Stone, no animated Bust,
True to his form, and to his memory just?
Shall Sculpture then her mimic pow'rs supply
To grace the pomp of guilty Flattery;
And shall the Poet, Moralist, and Sage,
Obscurely sink in an enlightened age?
Perish the thought! dishonest, as 'tis rude,
Forbid it Shame, forbid it Gratitude.
Let Arts at least their Sister Arts respect,
And glow with zeal each other to protect:
Ill-fated as they are, oh! let them be
True to themselves, and link'd in amity.
Know for ourselves we shall erect the pile,
A monumental honour to our isle;
Which, peerless long in the proud roll of fame,
To better titles now asserts her claim,
And to the Hero's joins the Poet's name.
Oh! would his skill some PHIDIAS might employ,
Whose work nor time nor ravage might destroy!
Whose happy art might teach the bold relief
With eloquence to speak our lasting grief!
That when succeeding times, with curious view,
In Laureat Marble should the Sage pursue,
Perchance (whilst smit with a congenial flame)
In smoother numbers might some Bard exclaim:
"Lo! this musing mien of that fam'd Sage,
Who lived revered, tho' Censor of his age.
In Him so justly Nature mix'd with Art,
That each to other did new lights impart.
Thrice-potent charms he gave to nervous sense,
And purest precepts cloath'd with eloquence.
Verse was to salutary Truth allied,
And Wit and Fancy fought on Virtue's side.
"No longer Greece her wonted boast retains,
No longer Roman Worth unrival'd reigns;
In our own Shakespeare's sovereign Muse we find
Arch Plautus with Euripides combin'd,
Menander's wit, and Aeschylus's mind.
With Homer, Milton shares the Epic Crown,
Great Dryden wears with grace the Mantuan's Gown;
In Pope's sweet numbers Horace lives again,
Fair Sophocles fresh blooms in Mason's strain;
To Churchill, Persius lends his caustic ray,
And Pindar's rhapsody is felt in Gray.
"With Cato, and with Socrates of yore,
We now alike dispute the Sage's Lore:
Britain in this one Man has fairly shewn
Wit, Wisdom, Piety, are hence her own!"
London, December, 1791.