ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Author of the Cook's Tale, "To Mr. Cunningham, on his Pastorals" Public Advertiser (23 May 1766).
1764: James Woodhouse
1765: T. O.
1766: J. R.
1766: C. B., M.D.
1766: Author of the Cook's Tale
1773: John Cunningham
1773: J. W.
1773: W. K-x, jun.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1774: H. W.
1775: W. Holland
1776: William Hawkins
1778: William Hawkins
1789: Mr. Tyson
1789: John Williams
1790 ca.: Joseph Ritson
1802: George Saville Carey
1802: David Carey
1804: William Mudford
1809: Stephen George Kemble
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1922: Iolo Williams
Author of the Cook's Tale:
1766: John Cunningham
Accept, sweet Poet, of a friendly Muse,
Nor let thy Modesty the Theme refuse,
Tho' unadorn'd, yet honest is the Lay;
Music I own I love, but cannot play;
Stranger to Art and Thee, to Notice dead,
Whose Verse but for thy Name would not be read.
How are we charm'd to hear thy oaten Reed,
And think we see thy Flocks and Cattle feed;
Each rural Scene so well described admire,
Enjoy the Country by a City Fire.
Such native Sweetness, easy, happy Strains,
The Language only of th' Arcadian Plains;
While others labour at the past'ral Line,
Faint Copies they at best, but Nature thine.
Such beauteous Landscapes, Gay and Philips drew;
Their flow'ry laureat Wreaths descend to you
As Heir of Fame, unrival'd long to wear
Among blythe Nymphs and Shepherds every where,
Resume thy Pipe, indulge thy fav'rite Vein,
As long as Taste or Sense with us remain,
Thy Works can never fail to entertain.
Covent-Garden Theatre, May 20.