ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Mr. Tyson, "Verses to the Memory of W. Cunningham, the Pastoral Poet" The Times (1 December 1789).
1764: James Woodhouse
1765: T. O.
1766: J. R.
1766: C. B., M.D.
1766: Author of the Cook's Tale
1773: John Cunningham
1773: J. W.
1773: W. K-x, jun.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1774: H. W.
1775: W. Holland
1776: William Hawkins
1778: William Hawkins
1789: Mr. Tyson
1789: John Williams
1790 ca.: Joseph Ritson
1802: George Saville Carey
1802: David Carey
1804: William Mudford
1809: Stephen George Kemble
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1922: Iolo Williams
1789: John Cunningham
For a Grace that is truly divine,
Or a Thought that is modest and free,
When I court, I'd but ask the sweet Nine,
For the like they bestow'd upon thee.
If an heir to thy innocent muse,
A tablet to virtue I'd rear,
But if not, I could never refuse
With my own, to say Cunningham's here.
He play'd on the pastoral reed,
Each Shepherdess danc'd in her turn,
But now does each Shepherdess bleed,
And for that do the Shepherds all mourn.
They say — "premature was his death,
And fate was for certain unkind,"—
But mourners, ne'er stay could the breath,
That breath'd from so feeling a mind!
Leeds, Nov. 24, 1789.