ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "Address to a Copy of Clare's Poems, sent to Octavius Gilchrist, Esq." Morning Post (23 March 1820).
1820: John Taylor, publisher
1820: A Lady
1820: Rev. Chauncy Hare Townshend
1820: A Well-wisher to Merit
1820: John Keats
1820: Robert Southey
1820: A Friend to Deserving Genius
1820: Octavius Graham Gilchrist
1821: Edward Phillips of Melksham
1821: Octavius Graham Gilchrist
1822: Charles Lamb
1822 ca.: Charles Abraham Elton
1822: Thomas Stott
1823: John Taylor, publisher
1824: Jacob Jones
1825 ca.: Jacob Jones
1826: Richard Ryan
1829: John Clare
1829: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1829: Eliza L. Emmerson
1830: Eliza L. Emmerson
1831: John Wilson
1838: Thomas Campbell
1839: Thomas Hood
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1866: Bryan Waller Procter
1871: S. C. Hall
1882: Margaret Oliphant
1882: Epes Sargent
To thine, and mine, our topmost friend,
I send thee, little Book; and know, too,
Thou wilt not wish, at journey's end,
A better sort of friends to go to.
They're none o' those, where pride prevails,
As fine to thee as they may seem;
Had'st thou for Author Prince of Wales,
Thou'dst meet no more from thine esteem.
And plain and simple as ye seem,
In value scarcely worth a groat,
I know ye'll meet a friend's esteem,
And doubtless get a gilded coat.
Lord knows, I could not choose but laugh,
To see ye fixed among your betters,
Upon the learned shelves set off,
And flashed about wi' golden letters.
And then — I know thy spark o' pride—
Set off in thy exalted station,
Strutting i' glass-case side to side,
'Mong wits of almost every nation.
Should thou and I chance meet again,
When all this kindess to thee's shown—
Thou'lt turn thy nose up wi' disdain,
And think't disgrace thy Dad to own.