ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
T., "To Edward Jerningham, Esq. on his Poem entitled Enthusiasm" The Sun (28 May 1796).
1765: Lord Chesterfield
1778: Horace Walpole
1778: Richard Tickell
1780: Frances Burney
1782: Anna Seward
1788: Bp. Thomas Percy
1789: Anna Seward
1790: Edmund Burke
1791: William Gifford
1792 ca.: John Taylor Esq.
1796: Horace Walpole
1796: Anna Seward
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1801: Anna Seward
1804: Lady Jerningham
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Lady Bedingfield
1811: A Lady
1812: Henry Crabb Robinson
1832: John Taylor Esq.
Presiding Spirit of the ardent mind—
Deluded oft, but noble still her aim;
Now urging SUPERSTITION, rash and blind,
Of GENIUS now the animating flame.
True, she has stoop'd, her impulse to impart,
When PERSECUTION spread its fatal fire,
Yet has she rous'd the Patriot's gen'rous heart,
Yet has she touch'd the raptur'd Poet's lyre.
Well has thy Muse the dubious contest try'd,
And at the shrine of Truth due homage paid;
But had her voice ingloriously deny'd
The wreath that should adorn th' Enthusaist Maid:
Still Truth and Feeling would her worth maintain,
Since to her zeal we owe thy glowing strain.