ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Charles Caleb Colton, in Hypocrisy, a Satire (1812) 11-12 &n.
1796: Dr. John Aikin
1798: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1800: Charles Lamb
1800: Robert Southey
1801: Alexander Thomson
1808: Robert Southey
1809: Lord Byron
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: John Gwilliam
1816: John Neal
1826: William Wordsworth
1836: Henry Crabb Robinson
1837: Henry Nelson Coleridge
1843: John Holland
1846: John Dix
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1882: Margaret Oliphant
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
Hail Devon, hail each rhime re-echoing stream,
Famed for poor poetry, and richest cream!
That might with love of tea the Nine inspire,
While Epic Bards by dozens blow the fire;
Inclosures stop, with geese each common fill,
And send us, Neckingar, thy patent mill;
Let Printer's devils too, a "grisly band,"
The flood-gates lift of ink, and drown the land;
Or stop, by all we've read, and more we fear
To read, O scribblers, stop your blind career;
Forbear with hands profane, and gallic rage,
To revolutionise the British page!
Ye make no figure with your feeble trash,
But, like the Whip club, merely cut a dash!
* A Lady at Exeter lately gave a tea party to six Gentlemen; on comparing notes, it came out that every individual of this marvelous Symposium had written an Epic Poem. I shall not mention their Names, as their knuckles are still sore from the gentle rapping of some Northern Critics; but on mutually condoling with each other, on this tender subject, they were heard to exclaim, "Et nos ergo manum ferulae subuximus, et nos." This covey of bards was a meeting purely accidental; "miserum est cum tot ubique vatibus occurras."