ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Thomas Blacklock
Anonymous, "To Mr. Blacklock, on his being licensed a Preacher" Scots Magazine 20 (November 1758) 587.
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
Hail! happy fav'rite of the tuneful Nine;
Hail! thou, who, like themselves, art now divine:
Now gospel-precepts be thy winning lays,
And souls immortal thy eternal bays:
Now, bless'd by Heav'n, the hearts thou dost renew
With never-fading honours grace thy brow:
Now thine the task to solve the sacred page,
To mend the morals, and arraign the age:
Now, as a pastor, hold thy native art,
To touch the senses, and correct the heart;
May thy bless'd hearers prove thy sacred skill,
To teach the judgment, and persuade the will.
No meaner views than love of God inflame,
Love of mankind, and of immortal fame;
Inspir'd by these, how pow'rful shalt thou teach!
And by example, as by precept, preach!
Thus from thick mists thou'lt clear the mental ray
When ripe in years, and holiness, thy place
Thou calm resign'st with a becoming grace,
Then soar above, and claim thy natal throne,
To strike the lyre, eternity along.