ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Thomas Clio Rickman
, "Impromptu on Lord Chesterfield's Letters to his Son. Written at the Hague, 1785" Poetical Scraps (1803) 1:77-78.
1741: R. N. Esq.
1742: Alexander Pope
1746: T. B.
1746: Thomas Sheridan
1746: Henry Jones
1754: Nathaniel Weekes
1767: Michael Clancy
1770 ca.: Horace Walpole
1772: Soame Jenyns
1774: Samuel Johnson
1774: James Beattie
1774: Elizabeth Carter
1777: J. F.
1777: Elizabeth Carter
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Cowper
1783: Edmond Malone
1785: Thomas Clio Rickman
1787: Elizabeth Montagu
1790: Robert Burns
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1814: George Dyer
1814: Horace Twiss
1833: Thomas Babington Macaulay
Thomas Clio Rickman:
1785: Lord Chesterfield
1791 ca.: William Cowper
1793: William Collins
1797 ca.: Edmund Burke
1801: Rev. Charles Churchill
1803: William Cowper
1803: Bp. Robert Lowth
1803: James Thomson
1808: Rev. Jonathan Swift
At a party select, in the regions below,
Don PLUTO himself in the chair,
Some blasphemous toast, with each bumper must flow,
For all the shrewd devils were there.
At length 'twas agreed by the circle bedamn'd,
While conversing of earth and mankind,
That a favourite votary by each should be nam'd,
Renown'd for his vices refin'd.
In full-flowing goblets we'll give each choice son,
Cries PLUTO, with infinite glee;
There is one who has lately a system begun,
Would have honour done even to me.
Then take, he continued, these Letters divine,
(And to each the choice volumes were given,)
The angels themselves will swear they are mine,
So complete their attack against heaven.
Fill high then your glasses ... aye, fill them a brimmer,
With success to the work so much fam'd;
And while you revere the accomplished sinner,
With grace be our CHESTERFIELD nam'd!