ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Touchstone, "Epigram, on the Battle of Hastings" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (3 January 1778).
1765: Jack Frost
1765: William Kenrick
1774: Oliver Goldsmith
1778: Richard Tickell
1778: Frances Burney
1778: T. S.
1780: Thomas Davies
1781: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1782: Rev. Thomas Stratford
1788: William Cowper
1789: John Williams
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: Robert Southey
1805 ca.: George Hardinge
1806: Francis Jeffrey
1811: S. H.
1811: C. T.
1812: George Hardinge
1812: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: S. Hughes
1816: John Neal
1818: Rev. William Beloe
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1843: John Holland
1847: Horace Smith
1848: John Forster
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1778: Richard Cumberland
If one man steals, why not another?
A Poet, sure, may rob a BROTHER.
The rhyming race were always poor,
But now, THEY BEG FROM DOOR TO DOOR!
Shakespear, you know, has stol'n himself,
Abundance of poetic pelf
From NATURE; tho' she gave him more
Than all her eldest born before.
Poor Cumberland! a starving wight,
To pilf'ring then may claim a right;
Since GENIUS has not giv'n one farthing,
To save th' hung'ry bard from starving.
Hastings is THEFT, but do not HISS IT,
Shakespear, I'm sure, will never miss it;
And was he wak'd from dust, and SHEWN IT,
He'd die again, — before HE'D OWN IT!
Jan. 29, 1778.