ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Charles Hoyle
Charles Caleb Colton, in Hypocrisy, a Satire (1812) 7 &n.
Rev. Charles Hoyle:
1809: Lord Byron
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
Charles Caleb Colton:
1812: Sir James Bland Burges
1812: Rev. Charles Churchill
1812: Joseph Cottle
1812: Hannah Cowley
1812: William Cowper
1812: Dr. Erasmus Darwin
1812: John Dennis
1812: William Hayley
1812: Rev. Charles Hoyle
1812: Capel Lofft
1812: Samuel Jackson Pratt
1812: Anna Seward
1812: Adam Smith
1825: Lord Byron
Such Authors to fine writing make pretence,
Yet spurn that rare endowment, common sense;
These Milton's measure not his style command,
And filch that Master's harp, but not his hand;
Through tomes of epic lumber, labour hard,
Resembling but in blindness Sinai's bard;
Now Southey's Madoc quits the groaning stall,
To visit at the Grocer's, Sotheby's Saul;
Now o'er this deluged land Exodiads bring
A greater plague than all the plagues they sing;
Wherein poor Pharaoh deems it sad to sink
With Hoyle,* drowned o'er again in seas of Ink.
High thoughts from heaven derive illustrious birth!
Words are the fickle "daughters of the Earth."
* Mr. H. must not expect to pass current as an Epic Poet on the mere credit of having written so many thousand lines of blank verse, until he can persuade mankind to shut their eyes.