ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Versificator, "Sonnet addressed to W. Hazlitt, the Historian of Napoleon" The Examiner (4 May 1828) 298.
1799: Henry Crabb Robinson
1803: Robert Southey
1817: William Wordsworth
1818: John Keats
1818: John Gibson Lockhart
1819: Mary Russell Mitford
1819: Richard Henry Dana
1819: George Ticknor
1820: John Scott
1821: Leigh Hunt
1822: James Harley
1823 ca.: William Maginn
1823: Charles Lamb
1826: James Sheridan Knowles
1828 ca.: Felicia Hemans
1832: John Hamilton Reynolds
1833: Allan Cunningham
1843: Walter Savage Landor
1845: George Gilfillan
1846: John Dix
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1866: Bryan Waller Procter
1871: S. C. Hall
1877: Bryan Waller Procter
1878: Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke
1896: George Saintsbury
1828: William Hazlitt
Deep in the ground lay Gold, a God unborn!
Subtle and bright was he, and seeming mild;
Yet grew he like the storm when skies are wild,
And seas fly maddening upwards at the morn.
Deep, too, 'midst thoughts and things (yet how forlorn,
And pressed by power, and jeered by fools) lay Truth,
A creature calm as age, as fair as youth,
And wiser than the world with all its scorn.
Historian! thou hast earned that wide world's debt.
Thanks from the brave, the wise, the good, are thine;
Whose grasp has freed Truth from her iron net,
And shewn her as she is — sincere, divine.
— What more reward wouldst have for thy rich line?
What further can king-crowned success beget?