ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Thomas Warton
Anonymous, "The Birthday Ode. (The Second Edition) with Alterations and Amendments" Public Advertiser (3 June 1785).
Rev. Thomas Warton:
1746: Rev. Joseph Warton
1750: J. S., Wadham College
1754: Samuel Johnson
1754: Rev. Joseph Warton
1754: Rev. Joseph Spence
1757: Robert Bedingfield
1759: James Harris
1759: John Campbell
1760: Edward Cooper
1760: Bonnell Thornton
1761: Bp. Robert Lowth
1761: William Shenstone
1761: Rev. Joseph Warton
1762: Horace Walpole
1762: William Warburton
1770: Thomas Gray
1770: Rev. Richard Farmer
1770: Rev. James Granger
1774: Elizabeth Carter
1776: Rev. Edmund Cartwright
1777: Samuel Johnson
1777: Rev. William Mason
1778: John Bampfylde
1779: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1782: Rev. William Mason
1783: A. B.
1783: George Steevens
1785: The Cottage Mouse
1785: Anna Seward
1786: George Colman
1786: William Mavor
1786: John Wolcot
1786: Rev. Bryan Waller
1786: R. S.
1787: J. R.
1788: Edward Pye-Waters
1789: William Hayley
1790: A. B. G
1790: John Wolcot
1790: Emanuel Empty
1790: Joseph Ritson
1790: Rev. J. G.
1790: John Bannister
1790: John Wolcot
1790 ca.: A Friend
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796: I. H.
1799: Henry Kirke White
1800: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1800: Thomas James Mathias
1804: Joseph Dennie
1805: Sir Walter Scott
1806: G. W. C.
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1818: William Hazlitt
1822: Robert Southey
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: A Constant Reader
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1834: John Wilson
1836: Hartley Coleridge
1842: C. H. Timperley
1850: Leigh Hunt
1854: Leigh Hunt
1880: Thomas Humphry Ward
1882: Epes Sargent
Amid the thunders of the lyre,
Nonsense oft glares with dusky fire
Proud to her sons her bays bequeaths
For well-known names her garland wreaths;
Bids haughty Genius all her triumphs own;
When spoils of murder'd Sense elate she brings,
To celebrate the births of happy Kings,
And deck her chosen throne.
On that fair throne, to Nonsense dear,
With weeds of indolence entwin'd,
Each year of peace she hangs the spear;
And there with her own poppies all combin'd,
Her just-selecting hands the honour'd trophy rear;
For sack bestow'd, her happiest theme,
The nymph her grateful homage pays;
To G—, whence flows the gift supreme,
She maudlin wishes length of days,
And gives the tipsy tribute of her lays.
'Twas his to bid a Whitehead' genius glow;
With nice discernment still his bounties flow;
Snatch'd from the dark obscure, his sway,
Dull, cringing laureats thus obey,
And hail their genial King:
He not commands to judgment's line
Their flights fantastic to confine,
Nor e'er controuls their wing:
Her flitting forms bid Nonsense ne'er restrain;
Ne'er bind unconscious sense within her brazen chain.—
Her lot whilst hapless Genius mourns,
Exulting Dullness stalks her ample round;
Bids Insipidity awake the sound,
And pour the tinkling stream from all her urns.
In sweetest namby-pambys told
The well-wrought stanza's thus advance,
With Homer stalk — with Pindar prance;
Or with Macpherson's dignity along are roll'd.
He on such his gifts bestows;
His bounty these display;
And whilst around his pearls he throws,
Grunt in poetic unison with Wray.
'Twas thus that Colley gain'd renown,
Wafted thus by favour's gale,
On Eusden's brows the laurell'd crown,
The Taylor's of that day turn'd pale.
In vain probationary powers arise,
Or Arden's hopes combine;
Conspicuous in too partial eyes,
The favour'd Warton shines.
Thus chosen fair poetry to raise,
And give — the annual crop of praise
To foster Inspiration's flame,
And build of Odes th' unperishable fame.
Oh! born in birth-day song to teach,
Be this thy constant aim,
—With fond ambition ne'er to reach
What ne'er thy powers can claim.