ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Dr. John Aikin
Gilbert Wakefield, "To John Aikin, M.D." The Monthly Magazine 11 (July 1801) 513-14.
Dr. John Aikin:
1790: Dr. J. Crane
1791: Dr. J. Crane
1796: Thomas Green
1797: George Dyer
1801: Gilbert Wakefield
1804: H. Fletcher
1812: William Wordsworth
1820 ca.: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1822: Henry Crabb Robinson
1823: Lucy Aikin
1827: William Goodhugh
1830: Robert Southey
1854: Leigh Hunt
1856: Samuel Rogers
1801: Dr. John Aikin
Next to that first of comforts to the soul,
The plaudit of a conscience self-approv'd,
AIKIN! I deem the gratulation sweet
Of sympathising friendship, and a Muse
Terse, uncorrupt, ingenuous, bold and free;
A Muse from whom nor titled grandeur bribes,
Nor pamper'd wealth, a sacrificial strain.
Hence with sensations bland of conscious pride
I feel the manna of thy tuneful tongue
Drop medicinal influence on my breast,
Ruffled, not torn, by Persecution's blast.
Thus, after chilling frost, morn's genial ray
Invigorates, cheers, expands, the shrivell'd flower:
Thus the broad mountain flings his cooling shade
O'er the faint pilgrim in a thirsty land.
Oh! may thy friend, as in the noon of life,
Responsive to the calls of truth and Man,
Self in benevolence absorb'd and lost,
Thro' the short remnant of his closing day,
With brave defiance, or with calm disdain,
Front the grim visage of despotic power,
Lawless, self-will'd, fierce, merciless, corrupt;
Nor, 'midst the applauses of the wise and good,
Lose the fond greetings of a Muse like thine!
Hackney, June 19, 1801.