ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Samuel Jackson Pratt
, "To the Unknown Author of a Poem, called Sympathy" Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser (2 July 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 Jackson Pratt
1792: Clara Reeve
What son of Phoebus strikes the heavenly lyre,
With sweetest strains of nature, and of art?
What sounds that sacred harmony inspire,
Strike on the ear, and vibrate thro' the heart?
While this new candidate for virtuous fame
Like a coy lover, hides the secret flame,
Enjoys the plaudit, and conceals his name!
Hear thou, my Clio — hear, my favorite muse!
Let not this artifice remain unknown,
Tho' modest merit shou'd our praise refuse,
Detect the poet, and his labors crown;
The moral lay shou'd ne'er be sung in vain;
Shou'd the sweet swan unknown, unprais'd remain,
While the pert goose loud gabbles o'er the plain?
Within each generous heart, the song enshrin'd
Shall rouse the SOCIAL passions to appear,
Shall wake to SYMPATHY each feeling mind,
Adorning pleasure's smile with pity's tear;
Clio, at length disclose this poet's name,
Freed from the fears of envy's dart or blame,
Joining the wreath of VIRTUE, and of FAME!