ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. John Langhorne
Anonymous, "Epistle from the Country, to Mr. Langhorne in Town" Public Ledger 2 (25 December 1761) 1129.
Rev. John Langhorne:
1759: A Gentleman of University College
1763: Rev. Richard Shepherd
1764: Robert Lloyd
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1764: Henry James Pye
1764: M. L.
1764: Mary Darwall
1765 ca.: Ralph Griffiths
1766: John Scott of Amwell
1768: Joseph Cockfield
1773: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1779: Abraham Portal
1779: William Holland
1780: William Cockin
1783: Mr. Jackson of Dublin
1794: Robert Alves
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1807: Robert Southey
1827: Sir Walter Scott
1830: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1837: William Wordsworth
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1922: Iolo Williams
What, Langhorne! leave the limpid stream,
The groves where fancy wont to dream,
For London's empty show!
Has then the shining pomp of art
Allur'd thy unsuspecting heart
To scenes of splendid woe?
In vain, my friend, for lost on thee
Were all that fools with rapture see,
And all the fops admire.
The Muses on thy birth that smil'd,
And mark'd thee for their fav'rite child,
Ordain'd thee to retire.
Unfit, alas! thy open heart
To act an ill-dissembled part,
And all its feelings hide!
'Tis thine, with noble plainness born,
To late a knave with honest scorn,
And folly's plume deride.
Hence, trust me, Langhorne, shalt thou know
Each conscious knave a lurking foe:
Each fool with feeble spite,
Shall, cur-like, bark amidst the crowd,
With tail alert, and tongue aloud,
When thou art out of sight.
Then quit those scenes of motley shew,
Of wealth and pride, of want and woe;
To C—'s groves repair.
No envy there shall break thy rest,
No misery wound thy tender breast,
For love and peace are there.
And there in friendship's sacred shade
May'st thou "in easy silence laid"
Indulge the careless day;
"Where never fools or knaves intrude,
Enjoy the sweets of solitude,"
And tune thy tender lay.