ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Gentle Susan, "To Mrs. Midnight, on her Re-appearance to the World" Public Ledger 2 (3 July 1761) 629.
1740: Alexander Pope
1747: Thomas Gray
1759: A. M.
1759: William Woty
1761: Gentle Susan
1763: William Kenrick
1763: Samuel Boyce
1763: Rev. William Mason
1768: Frances Burney
1775: Samuel Johnson
1782 ca.: William Cole
1792: Charles Burney
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1800 ca.: Thomas Dermody
1800: Thomas Dermody
1803: George Dyer
1804: Joseph Dennie
1807: Robert Southey
1813: Lord Byron
1814: Robert Southey
1843: John Holland
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Thomas Humphry Ward
1889: Edmund Gosse
1761: Christopher Smart
What, Mother Midnight come again, — egad!
The bard, the critic — all mankind are glad.
When wit no more could furnish aught that's new,
And the press fear'd a famine would ensue;
'Twas kindly done your humour to resume,
To fill your inkhorn, and to nibb your plume.
Do try to reconcile the warring wits,
And bid satiric ** mind his hits.
What shame that men of parts should thus descend,
And for an ill-tim'd banter lose a friend!
His recantation bid him quickly make,
Nor injure others for false humour's sake.
Tho' Lord John Toss, and Messieurs Bob Nankeen
And Viscount Dupe should burst with mutual spleen;
Tho' States with States eternal war should wage,
And beaux with belles in warm disputes engage
Methinks the Bards should unconcerned sit,
Nor each at each direct the shaft of wit.
Try what thou can'st — thou good Old Woman, do;
By none they'll learn, unless they're taught by you.