ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Thomas Blacklock
Anonymous, in "Verses written by a very near sighted Gentleman" Scots Magazine 17 (January 1755) 44.
Rev. Thomas Blacklock:
1746: Thomas Blacklock
1749: William Lauder
1755: Rev. Joseph Spence
1758: G. G.
1760 ca.: James Beattie
1760 ca.: Richard Hewitt
1765: Alexander Dick
1768: Dr. Hugh Downman
1770 ca.: Dr. Hugh Downman
1787: Robert Burns
1791: Samuel Johnson
1793: William Taylor of Norwich
1794: Robert Alves
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1798: Alexander Campbell
1806: Anna Seward
1806: Joseph Dennie
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1822: Joseph Robertson
1831: John Wilson Croker
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Margaret Oliphant
Yet, yet, illustrious youth, no more repine
That HOMER'S, or that MILTON'S lot is thine;
Since from those tuneful bards the palm you bear,
And more our wonder claim, as more their fate you share.
If, where the body's light extinct we find,
Such inward rays illuminate the mind,
Who would not wish to be for ever blind?
Ev'n he whose pious muse attempts to raise
This humble verse to thy immortal praise,
Partakes thy loss: with close, contracted sight
All things he views, and scarce discerns aright
Those objects which, in mid-day lustre shine,
The sun's bright orb, or female face divine.
Yet, might an equal portion of thy fire
With notes like thine his swelling breast inspire,
His soul with heav'nly visions blest would glow,
And leave to seeing mortals all below.