ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To Thomas Edwards, Esq." 1754; Poetical Magazine or the Muses Monthly Companion (1764) 259.
1748: Earl of Orrery
1749: Hester Mulso Chapone
1749: Susanna Duncombe
1749: William Warburton
1750: Samuel Richardson
1750 ca.: Samuel Johnson
1751: Samuel Richardson
1754: Rev. John Duncombe
1757: Rev. John Dyer
1766: Dr. Mark Akenside
1793: Dr. John Wolcot
1797: Rev. Joseph Warton
1800 ca.: Robert Southey
1812: John Nichols
1814: Isaac D'Israeli
Rev. John Duncombe:
1751: William Lauder
1754: Hester Mulso Chapone
1754: Thomas Edwards
1754: Anne Finch
1754: George Jeffreys
1754: Mary Leapor
1754: Judith Cowper Madan
1754: Elizabeth Pennington
1754: Katherine Philips
1756: Rev. John Dyer
1756: Samuel Richardson
1760 ca.: Susanna Duncombe
1772: Rev. Christopher Pitt
1772: Rev. Samuel Say
1772: Rev. Joseph Spence
1784: Mary Leapor
Though thro' the paths that Ennius trod before
Great Maro stray'd, he smooth'd the rugged way.
No antique phrase obscur'd his courtly lay,
No dross was blended with his sterling ore.
From Dryden's polish'd strains old Chaucer's lore
Derives new lustre; pleas'd we there survey
Each mist dispers'd that skreen'd his peerless ray,
And at our fleeting language grieve no more.
Why then dost thou, great Spenser's genuine son,
Too fondly emulous, that vestment wear,
Which in Eliza's court adorn'd they sire?
From sonnets durance freed, no longer shun
The purple paths; so shall each artless fair
Seeing approve, and knowing thee admire.