ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Sonnet. To the Author of the Canons of Criticism" Public Advertiser (16 June 1763).
1748: Earl of Orrery
1749: Hester Mulso Chapone
1749: Susanna Duncombe
1749: William Warburton
1750: Samuel Richardson
1750 ca.: Samuel Johnson
1751: Samuel Richardson
1754: Rev. John Duncombe
1757: Rev. John Dyer
1766: Dr. Mark Akenside
1793: Dr. John Wolcot
1797: Rev. Joseph Warton
1800 ca.: Robert Southey
1812: John Nichols
1814: Isaac D'Israeli
EDWARDS, sweet bard! thy nervous muse impart,
My language soft'n, and my sense refine,
That I with equal elegance may shine,
And charm the list'ning ear, and mend the heart.
T' encourage virtue, and make folly smart,
Let wit and sentiment grace ev'ry line,
And harmony with solid wisdom join,
Then shall I reach perfection in this art.
My soul, ambitious of immortal fame,
Thus vainly 'ttempts with pinion'd wings to soar
The heights which thy far nobler muse has gain'd:
So Phaeton did of old at glory aim,
Nor saw the danger, nor his scheme gave o'er,
Till Jove the earth with his mad blood distain'd.