ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir James Bland Burges
Anonymous, in "The Shakesperian Hunt No. XVIII" The Oracle and the Daily Advertiser (3 January 1800).
Sir James Bland Burges:
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1799: George Hardinge
1800: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1800: Thomas James Mathias
1801: William Wordsworth
1801: William Taylor of Norwich
1801: Anna Seward
1801: Thomas Dermody
1801: Dr. John Aikin
1801: Alexander Thomson
1806: Richard Cumberland
1807: George Chalmers
1807 ca.: George Hardinge
1810: Robert Southey
1811: Lord Byron
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1815: George Ticknor
1817: John Murray
1817: Rev. William Beloe
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1847: Horace Smith
1899: Rowland E. Prothero
A very comely Knight; a Gentleman well vers'd in Courtly Arts, and bearing place amid the Rulers of our Land. He hath felt the rhyming Itch, and doth conceit himself the Paragon of Poets. But we will judgment pass upon his merits according as his sapient censure shall disprove, or breath force on the forged Mass [of Ireland's Shakespeare Papers]—
Those who the judgment of mankind defy
Shou'd by mankind be scann'd with wary eye.
SIR J*M*S BL*ND B*RG*SS.
Some sages have with nods and meaning shrugs
With half-fledg'd phrases, and mysterious hems,
Bad me beware. I thank their kindness much;
Yet more were I beholden had they left
Decision to myself. For who than I,
More able to adjudge in cause like this?
I, in whose breast the subtle Statesman's art
With Apollonian fire is link'd — Avaunt!
I heed not their foul prating — I defy
Their deep designings. Lo! I have perus'd,
And will unceasingly the scroll avouch—
Nor shall the babbling whispers o'er the world
E're blanch my soul with fear, for I am one
Suspicion-proof, and one that's thus convinc'd
Should boldly Envy's barbed shaft defy,
And in the fix'd resolve to live and die.