ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
A Lady, "Lines addressed to William Cowper, Esq. on reading his Poems" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (27 September 1787).
1782: Rev. Edmund Cartwright
1786: Anna Seward
1786: Hannah More
1786: Rev. Robert Potter
1786: A. B.
1787: A Lady
1789: Walter Churchey
1789: R. B.
1790 ca.: William Hayley
1791 ca.: Thomas Clio Rickman
1792: John Bennet
1795: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1795 ca.: Anonymous
1796: Charles Lamb
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1800: A Gentleman at Bath
1800: C., 25th reg. infantry
1800: De Willoughby
1800: F. T. C.
1800: X. Z.
1800: Anna Seward
1801: William Holloway
1801: Leigh Hunt
1802: W. T.
1802: Paul Allen
1803: Thomas Clio Rickman
1803: Anna Seward
1804: Homunculus Lepidissimu
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1806: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1806 ca.: Sobrino
1806: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Bp. Reginald Heber
1810: Dr. Randolph of Bath
1812: Bernard Barton
1812: Henry Crabb Robinson
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Thomas Barnes
1817: Leigh Hunt
1821: Emily Taylor
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Bernard Barton
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Rev. Carlos Wilcox
1824: S. J.
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1827: Ann Radcliffe
1827: William Goodhugh
1828: John Wilson
1830: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1833: Allan Cunningham
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1880: Thomas Humphry Ward
1882: Epes Sargent
1744: Alexander Pope
1761: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1763 ca.: William Shenstone
1768: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1770: James Beattie
1775: Rev. Robert Colvill
1778: Richard Tickell
1781: Rev. Charles Churchill
1785: Lady Sophia Burrell
1785: John Milton
1786: Samuel Johnson
1786: Dr. John Wolcot
1787: William Cowper
1790: David Humphreys
1794: Charlotte Smith
1796: Robert Burns
1796: William Hayley
1797: Elizabeth Montagu
1811: Edward Jerningham
1817: Bp. Richard Mant
1820: John Clare
1820: Rev. John Wesley
How few, like thee, in youth retir'd,
Still feels the patriotick glow;
By virtue (sacred muse) inspir'd,
To pay mankind the debt they owe.
Yes, Cowper, in the humble vale,
Thy trusted talent, well employ'd,
Will in the noblest sense prevail,
And thy Lord's favour be enjoy'd.
Tho' cruel diffidence withdrew
Thy trembling feet from Thamis shrine;
Nor hung the tempting seals in view,
Nor gave the splendid purse to shine.
Yet Nature's lib'ral grants were giv'n,
The Poet's quick perceptive soul;
"The eye that darts from earth to Heav'n,"
And views the comprehensive whole.
Ambition's heights let others climb,
Or Fortune's gaudy trappings prize;
Ambition suits not men of rhyme,
Content is fortune to the wise.
Yet why withold the Poet's meed,
Nor gild the laurels which they claim?
To sing — to play — to act — to plead,
With excellence brings wealth and fame.
Shall Siddon's powers, and Mara's voice,
Their tributary thousands raise;
And will no mark of publick choice,
Reward thy animated lays?
Poets and Seers, the same of old,
Still chose a similar disgrace;
The honour'd rank they ought to hold,
Deny'd them in their native place.
Thy task shall live to distant time,
And future ages see our bard
Translated in some foreign clime;
The foster-fathers rich reward.
Thus thy lov'd Homer, poor in Greece,
A wand'rer, and to fame unknown;
May twice acquire the golden fleece,
One sheering Pope's, the next thy own.