ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
H. W., "On the Death of a late Pastoral Poet" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (6 September 1774).
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
1774: John Cunningham
1811: Henry Kirke White
Ye shepherds who pipe on the plain,
A moment attend to my verse;
Yet vain the attempt to explain,
How I mourn'd o'er poor Cunningham's hearse.
Ye virgins, who grace the gay green,
Despondence befits ye full well,
For never on earth was e'er seen,
A shepherd who lov'd you so well.
His song ever turn'd in your praise,
Your charms none so well did rehearse,
His Delia's, his Phillis's praise,
Harmoniously flow'd in his verse.
Then pick, oh ye nymphs and ye swains,
Of flowrets the fairest and best,
With the pride that enamels your plains,
Let the grave of your poet be drest.
For ah! he was gentle and mild,
His manners were artless and sweet,
The graces beam'd forth in his mind,
In his breast ev'ry virtue did meet.
But why stand we silently here?
To his tomb move we gently along;
And deck his soft sod with a tear,
Who was peerless in elegant song.