ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
S. H., "The Birth of Richard Cumberland, Esq. Feb. 19, 1732. A Tribute of grateful Respect" 1811; Gentleman's Magazine 82 (January 1812) 61.
1765: Jack Frost
1765: William Kenrick
1774: Oliver Goldsmith
1778: Richard Tickell
1778: Frances Burney
1778: T. S.
1780: Thomas Davies
1781: Richard Brinsley Sheridan
1782: Rev. Thomas Stratford
1788: William Cowper
1789: John Williams
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: Robert Southey
1805 ca.: George Hardinge
1806: Francis Jeffrey
1811: S. H.
1811: C. T.
1812: George Hardinge
1812: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: S. Hughes
1816: John Neal
1818: Rev. William Beloe
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1843: John Holland
1847: Horace Smith
1848: John Forster
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1745: Rev. John Brown
1811: Richard Cumberland
Britannia, hail, imperial queen of isles!
Favour'd of Heav'n with its indulgent smiles,
With what peculiar lustre rose that morn,
Apollo's son on thy domain was born!
The bright pervading god who gilds the day
Resplendent darted his unclouded ray:
Minerva clasp'd the Infant in her arms,
She gaz'd enraptur'd on his early charms!
She press'd him often fondly to her breast,
Infus'd her wisdom, and by turns caress'd:
Soon for the smiling boy the Muses strove,
Each gain'd a pupil, each engag'd his love;
Scarce had two lustres fled with winged speed,
When Shakspeare's genius hover'd o'er his head;
The Graces finish'd what the Nine began,
And gave the world the all-accomplished Man!
Virtue allures him with engaging charms;
Her precepts pure his youthful bosom warms;
He offers incense at her sacred shrine,
The goddess crowns him with a wreath divine!
Fair Truth immortal leads him by the hand,
Proud to be known the friend of Cumberland.
Islington, Feb. 1811.