ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, in "The Literary Assassin" The Oracle (9 August 1793).
1796: Thomas James Mathias
1797: George Dyer
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Joseph Dennie
1803: Richard Nares
1803: J. C. H.
1807: Thomas Campbell
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1808: Bp. Richard Mant
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1808: Elizabeth Trefusis
1808: Rev. William Herbert
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Robert Southey
1810: J. G.
1813: Edward Thurlow
1813: Lord Byron
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: John Gwilliam
1815: George Ticknor
1816: John Taylor Esq.
1816: John Murray
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: James Hogg
1820: John Taylor Esq.
1822: William Maginn
1823: John Wilson
1823: John Taylor Esq.
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: William Hazlitt
1827: Sir Walter Scott
1827: John Taylor Esq.
1827: Author of Hist. and Lit. Tour
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1831: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Allan Cunningham
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1837: Robert Southey
1850: Leigh Hunt
1856: Walter Savage Landor
1858: Cyrus Redding
1873: Joseph Devey
1882: Epes Sargent
1891: Samuel Smiles
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
Shame to the Bard, if any Bard there be,
Impell'd by hunger and necessity,
Who pens his libels witty but untrue,
To mock the labours of the tuneful few;
Who gluts on errors as he spins his line,
And winks where BEAUTIES in profusion shine!
Whose cruel baseness even laughs to scorn
The painful fate by patient woman born,
Nor feels the sovereign virtue of that smile
That might seduce him from his poisonous guile,
Better to starve than weave, devoid of shame,
A wreath of bays for such inglorious fame!
Oft' have I seen thee with malignant frown
Sculking in every corner of the town,
Prowling for prey as poachers lurk for game,
To pamper malice with a murder'd name.
Oft' have I seen thee, minister of spite,
Hideous as spectres that abhor the light,
Jaundic'd with envy and deform'd by spleen,
Thy face the index of thy soul within—
On artless numbers turn thy lynx's gaze,
And half approve, and damn with civil praise.
But learn, proud wretch! before you lash mankind,
To chase the vapours that obscure your mind;
And, taught that nature is to error prone,
Forgive another's failings as your own.