ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "The Birth-Day Ode, anticipated" Public Advertiser (3 June 1780).
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
On Monday Whitehead's Verse will shine;
This Day be sacred, then, to mine.
Whitehead will tell, and tell us true,
(What we, as well as Whitehead knew,)
That G— is generous, just, and kind,
But will he tell us G— is blind?
Will Whitehead say that the Germaine
Was valiant on the German Plain?
Will he, although he write in Haste,
Say Jemmy Twitcher's sober, chaste?
Will he, by Laws of Aristotle,
Prove Rigby does not love his Bottle?
Or, will he paint the Premier's Worth,
The Wind still blowing from the NORTH?
Will he (the modern Taste to suit)
Bring Melons from the Isle of Bute?
Will he, America to conquer,
Prove aught is done since Hill of Bunker?
Ah no! — though Flattery be in vogue,
A Real Poet is no Rogue:
Whitehead will print his harmless Rhimes,
And wish, and pray, for better Times:
While all the People read, and say
The Laureat's worthy of the Bay;
While all the People read, and sing,
The Poet's worthy such a King.