ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "A Parody of the New Year's Ode for 1778" Public Advertiser (7 January 1778).
1755: Rev. William Mason
1757: William Shenstone
1757: Richard Owen Cambridge
1757: Bp. Richard Hurd
1757: Rev. John Free
1757: Horace Walpole
1761: R. S.
1762: Rev. Charles Churchill
1762: Thomas Gray
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1769: W. G. E.
1770 ca.: William Cole
1772: Paul Pinchwell
1773: Christopher Anstey
1774: Rev. John Langhorne
1774: The Bellman
1785: C. J.
1785: Edmond Malone
1785: Anna Seward
1786: Rev. Robert Potter
1788: Rev. William Mason
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1804: Joseph Dennie
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Rev. George Richards
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Thomas Humphry Ward
1910: Ralph Straus
When tuneful Bards in lofty Verse,
Rich in Numbers, rich in Thought,
To th' attentive World rehearse
Acts which Godlike Virtues fraught,
The Opposition's vain:—
But ah! how hard to check the Smile,
When Sack inspires the Strain.
Each feeble Word, each hobbling Line
And sycophantic Period, mark
The Pen dragg'd forth by Royal Wine
From its Retirement dull and dark!
By ev'ry Jingle is declar'd
St. James's prostituted Bard.
Why, Whitehead, should thy tuneless Soul
Call forth our Passions into Play;
And, raising Heats thou should'st controul,
Graft Politics on New-Year's Day?
Could not thy torpid Spirit mark
The Change of Seasons in the Park,
Or in St. James's Yard?
Content with these, thou shouldst at home
Have staid; for cross the Seas to roam
Fits not St. James's Bard.
Quit Politics, and bow the Knee
To Dullness; that her wise Decree
Thy Odes may regulate!
Submit at once, and be forgiven;
That to her Bosom, as to Heaven,
Thy Lays may Thee translate.