ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. C. H., "To William Gifford, Esq. on his Translation of Juvenal" Gentleman's Magazine 73 (February 1803) 156.
1796: Thomas James Mathias
1797: George Dyer
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Joseph Dennie
1803: Richard Nares
1803: J. C. H.
1807: Thomas Campbell
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1808: Bp. Richard Mant
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1808: Elizabeth Trefusis
1808: Rev. William Herbert
1809: Lord Byron
1809: Robert Southey
1810: J. G.
1813: Edward Thurlow
1813: Lord Byron
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: John Gwilliam
1815: George Ticknor
1816: John Taylor Esq.
1816: John Murray
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: James Hogg
1820: John Taylor Esq.
1822: William Maginn
1823: John Wilson
1823: John Taylor Esq.
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: William Hazlitt
1827: Sir Walter Scott
1827: John Taylor Esq.
1827: Author of Hist. and Lit. Tour
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1831: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Allan Cunningham
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1837: Robert Southey
1850: Leigh Hunt
1856: Walter Savage Landor
1858: Cyrus Redding
1873: Joseph Devey
1882: Epes Sargent
1891: Samuel Smiles
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
J. C. H.:
1803: William Gifford
1805: Robert Dodsley
When Satire's sly insinuating dart
Redounded, blunted, from the callous heart,
And Rome, despoil'd and prostituted, lay,
At once, of tyrants, and their slaves, the prey;
Her strains terrific vengeance to disclose,
Th' indignant Muse of Juvenal arose,
And, on the baseness of an impious age,
Hurl'd execration from his furious page.
What Muse, matured in some congenial clime,
Is found to trace the Roman's flight sublime?
To roll the thunder of his verse along,
And wake its noble rage, in British song?
The best have failed — e'en Dryden's nervous line,
Unequal, sinks beneath the bold design;
Around the sense in devious measures plays,
And flows, perplex'd, amidst the tuneful maze.
Thy talents, GIFFORD, to the trial bring
Exuberant stores from Learning's sacred spring;
And blend, as Genius and as Taste inspire,
The Critic's judgment with the Poet's fire.
Tho' on thy arduous work th' harmonious Nine
Have shed the influence of their smiles divine,
Yet o'er thy brow a fairer wreath shall wave
Than e'er the favour of the Muses gave:—
Thy Christian zeal shall brighter fame bestow,
And round thy name a purer radiance throw.