ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, in "Epistle to Robert Lloyd" St. James's Magazine 2 (May 1763) 197-98.
1754: William Cowper
1762: Rev. John Langhorne
1762: Thomas Gray
1763: George Colman
1763: Rev. Richard Shepherd
1764: H. S.
1764: H. S.
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1764: Treyssac de Vergy
1765 ca.: John Wilkes
1765: Rev. Evan Lloyd
1774: J. Carr
1780: John Nichols
1780: Thomas Davies
1793: William Cook
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1800: Thomas Dermody
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1807: Robert Southey
1835: Robert Southey
1842: C. H. Timperley
1860: George Gilfillan
1891: George Birkbeck Hill
Rev. Richard Shepherd:
1763: Rev. John Langhorne
1763: Robert Lloyd
1763: Rev. William Mason
Ye mighty names of STANHOPE, LITTLETON,—
Rise and support fair learning's sinking throne.
Lov'd by the Muse, the Muses' fastest friends,
On you she calls, on you she still depends:
See, O ye guardians of the laurell'd band,
See drooping genius want a fost'ring hand;
Behold in monthly drudgery misemploy'd
The wit and classic elegance of —
How shall the bard bright fancy, doom'd to eke
With sense or nonsense thro' five sheets the week;
How shall he wait for those auspicious hours,
When the Muse beckons to Parnassian bow'rs;
And as e'erwhile, informs the happy strain
With all the native ease of FLACCUS' vein?
The merciless exactors, in demand
Instant as those, who Israel's servile band
Plied with Aegyptian toils, no pity shew,
Or smooth or turbid still the verse must flow.
The poet's fancy, like their porter's back,
They think is ever ready for the pack.
They never felt persuasive fancy's beam
Dart on the raptur'd mind the enliv'ning gleam:
In vain the absence of the Muse you plead,
The quota must be furnish'd, as decreed;
Thus jaded genius writes what it must blush to read.