ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
E. H., "On a late Publication at Bath" St. James's Chronicle (2 July 1776).
1766: Horace Walpole
1766: J. S.
1768: Horace Walpole
1769: W. O.
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1774 ca.: Anonymous
1776: E. H.
1776: Bat Bath
1780: Frances Burney
1780: Rev. Richard Graves
1782: Anna Seward
1785: Hannah More
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Alexander Thomson
1806: William Meyler
1810: John Hodgson
1820: Lord Byron
1824: George Dyer
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1830: Richard Warner
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1858: Samuel Austin Allibone
1776: Christopher Anstey
Says William to Thomas, pray who is this Bard,
That has spent so much Money, and labour'd so hard
To publish these Letters about our Election?
A Proof, I suppose, of his Love and Affection.
Quoth Thomas, 'tis he that the Gentry supply'd
Some few Years ago with an excellent Guide;
But their Praises (tho' just) made the Poet so vain,
That good People agree it disorder'd his Brain;
For since he has publish'd a horrible Thing,
And abus'd a poor Gentleman's Eyes, Nose, and Chin;
But when all came to all, the poor Man he abused,
Made it plainly appear he was falsely accused;
But instead of pursuing this W— with a Rod,
He meekly reply'd — like a Servant of God.
Here Tom was with such Admiration possess'd,
That he no longer heeded his Friend Will's Request,
But in Words such as follows, his Hero address'd:
Oh Regulus! may Heaven thy Virtue reward
Thy patient Endurance of this rhyming Bard;
And while that this Poet with Myrtle is crown'd,
May an unfading Garland thy Temples surround.
To you, as the only Physician who can
Restore to his Senses this bewilder'd Man;
Who before, when this Poet was sadly possess'd,
With one potent Prescription compos'd him to Rest.
For the Good of Mankind your Assistance bestow,
To exorcise this Fiend to the Regions below;
For such horrid, such vulgar, such monstrous Conceits
Ne'er enter'd the Mind of a Man in his Wits.
If his Letters you'd read, I need not explain
The shocking distempered State of his Brain;
O then haste to relieve him from this wretched State,
For his own, for the Town's, for his Family's Sake.
Bath, Feb. 4.