ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "To the Author of the Ode to Dragon, the House Dog at Hampton" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (19 May 1777).
1773: John Langhorne
1773: W. H.
1773: W. H.
1776: M. R.
1777: W. H.
1777: T. S.
1778: Samuel Johnson
1778: Rev. William Tasker
1779: T. B****s
1781: Bp. Robert Lowth
1783: Elizabeth Carter
1784: James Beattie
1785: Ann Yearsley
1789: John Williams
1791: Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
1791: A Young Lady
1792: John Bennet
1794: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1795: Elizabeth Montagu
1806: William Forbes
1809: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1809: Sydney Smith
1814: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1815: William Henry Ireland
1819: Leigh Hunt
1822: James Harley
1828: Leigh Hunt
1834: Sara Coleridge
1837: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1846: John Dix
1847: Joseph Cottle
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
1857: Samuel Griswold Goodrich
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1882: Epes Sargent
1883: Eric S. Robertson
Tho' Roscius will not read your trash,
Or tho' he may deserve a lash,
Yet spare a Lady, Mr. Flash.
But haply it your spleen may raise,
To see a woman merit praise,
And wear the green poetic bays.
From such home thrusts, the Lord defend her!
Or did you think her a Pretender?
Some D'Eon, of the neuter gender?
Or was it really ignorance
Which made you thus in rhyme advance,
And tread your mock-satirist dance?
Permit the fair unblam'd to write!
That every little over-sight
Should bear it's comment, is not right.
The faithful Dog too you defame;
Would he back-bite his master's fame?
'Tis poaching this, not Dragon's game.
Yet (or Report's not worth a button)
Tho' Venison you may not cut on,
Yourself have tasted Hampton mutton.
Garrick a Sun! a Moon the Fair?
Say in what rank will you appear?
A meteor of a lower sphere.