ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. William Mason
D. H., "To Mr. Mason of Cambridge" British Magazine 4 (August 1749) 344-45.
Rev. William Mason:
1748: Thomas Gray
1749: D. H.
1749: C. B.
1752: R. D.
1756 ca.: Rev. James Hervey
1757: Mr. Boyce
1758: William Whitehead
1758: Thomas Neville
1760: Thomas Gray
1760: Edward Cooper
1761: William Shenstone
1763: Thomas Balguy
1763: Elizabeth Montagu
1763: Rev. Richard Shepherd
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1765: Rev. Joseph Warton
1768: Elizabeth Carter
1772 ca.: Richard Fenton
1772: Edward Jerningham
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1777 ca.: William Cole
1778: Samuel Johnson
1778: J. Boerhadem
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Hayley
1784: Dr. Warwick
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1786: Rev. Robert Potter
1788: Rev. Robert Greville
1790: Rev. Bryan Waller
1790: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1791: James Boswell
1791: Francis Garden
1792: John Bennet
1794: Thomas James Mathias
1797: Thomas Park
1797: Hannah More
1797: Dr. John Aikin
1797: Dr. J. Crane
1797: Brooke Boothby
1797: Bp. Richard Hurd
1797: Thomas Gisborne
1797: Anna Seward
1797: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1798: J. K.
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1798: Michael Wodhull
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1800: Thomas Dermody
1801: Dr. Erasmus Darwin
1801: John Penn
1802: George Dyer
1803: Elizabeth, Countess Harcourt
1806: Richard Cumberland
1806: William Hayley
1815: Mary Russell Mitford
1815: Richard Nares
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1826: Herbert Barton
1827: Robert Southey
1830: Richard Warner
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1845: John Holland
1853: Rev. John Mitford
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1891: Samuel Smiles
1910: Ralph Straus
1749: Rev. William Mason
1783: Thomas Chatterton
1800: Edmond Malone
Ingenious bard, in whose melodious lines
Fancy with judgment happily combines;
Whose great extensive genius unconfin'd
Gives us the boldest sallies of the mind;
You rule the passions with resistless art,
And win an easy passage to the heart.
How far superior to the rhyming race,
In whose dull pages no bright thoughts we trace.
For you, the Muses, twine a flow'ry wreathe,
For you, the Graces, ev'ry Influence breathe.
Each sister art may singly claim applause,
Pope, from the lyre, immortal honours draws;
By well-rang'd colours, Kneller's fame is known,
And Handel's from the charms of sound alone.
Can his be less on whose distinguish'd head
The tuneful Nine their ev'ry blessing shed;
In whom, thy Graces, poetry we find,
With painting, and with harmony combin'd;
In whom, with social union, all agree,
And blend in one the beauties of the three.
Tho' great the honour which on Granta's plains
Was paid the Muses friend in Mason's strains,
Yet Pelham nobly cou'd the wreath resign,
And own the greater share of honour thine.
O still proceed, and charm our list'ning ears,
Nor dread the fopling's laugh, or critick's sneers,
In spight of malice thy harmonious lays
Will shine conspicuous, and demand our praise,
Softness and strength in ev'ry part abound
The nerves of thought and melody of sound,
Unnumber'd beauties sport along each line
To please the fancy, and the taste refine;
But who to paint those beauties can aspire,
Without a spark of your poetick fire.
Thy features, Alexander, well demand
The skilful touches of Apeles hand.