ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Samuel Jackson Pratt
, "To the Author of Sympathy" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (6 August 1781).
Samuel Jackson Pratt:
1778 ca.: William Cole
1781: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: James Beattie
1781: B. Walwyn
1781: Clara Reeve
1781: Edmund Rack
1782: Horace Walpole
1782: Anna Seward
1785: Clara Reeve
1785: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1785: H. S.
1786: Anna Seward
1786: Rev. Mr. Poleskcles
1799: Mary Robinson
1802: William Mavor
1802: William Meyler
1803: Henry James Pye
1803: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1803: John Morfitt
1803: R. B. W-n
1804: Rev. Richard Graves
1805: Anna Seward
1808: Lord Byron
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Robert Southey
1809: J. G.
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1810: Mary Russell Mitford
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1815: William Henry Ireland
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1850: John Britton
1952: Mary Alden Hopkins
1781: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1785: Samuel Johnson
Blest Genius of pathetic strains,
Whose verse can charm us, while it pains;
Whose silver numbers gently glide,
As swans adorn the flowing tide;
And as you pass fair Nature's shores,
Their varied charms thy Muse explores;
The grave, the gay, the low, the grand,
With magic power you command.
The sighs of bliss, the tears of woe,
As waves your wand, they heave or flow.
The wounds you give, we charm'd, sustain,
And bless the hand that points the pain:
And rather than one tear suspend,
We pray the torrent to descend.
Goldsmith the rural scene pourtray'd;
With him we mourn the desert glade;
But thou the PASSIONS all attend,
With thee we mourn the absent friend.
And while the HEART transcends the plain,
A brighter wreathe shalt thou sustain.
Goldsmith, thy Village claims our praise,
But SYMPATHY shall wear the bays.
Let pedants vainly syllogize,
Such modes of teaching we despise.
Let them, like thee, sweet bard impart
That best of sense, which warms the HEART.