ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On Rousseau's Return to Hume" Scots Magazine 29 (March 1767) 153.
1759: William Warburton
1761: Bp. Richard Hurd
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1766: John Cunningham
1770: Elizabeth Montagu
1773: Samuel Johnson
1773: Rev. William Mason
1776: William Russell
1776: William Julius Mickle
1777: W. S.
1779: Edward Jerningham
1780 ca.: Adam Smith
1786 ca.: Edmond Malone
1791: Francis Garden
1791: James Boswell
1795 ca.: Bp. Richard Hurd
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1802: George Dyer
1803 ca.: Alexander Carlyle
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1808: Rev. George Gregory
1810: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1810: Alexander Chalmers
1811: Sir James Mackintosh
1818: William Godwin
1819: Leigh Hunt
1819: John Gibson Lockhart
1822: John Wilson
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1828: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1888: Edmund Gosse
Ingratitude! a sound that stuns the ear,
And makes us all attention for to hear,
From what degenerate root, or noxious seed
Springs up this baneful and pernicious weed?
The virtuous soul, where reason rules the will,
Holds this its maxim, "Render good for ill."
What virtue, then, can lodge within the breast
Where anger and fantastic envy rest?
Where, without cause, rage bursts the noxious streams,
Discharging rancour black as poisonous streams.
The former maxim sure they have withstood,
Who soothe themselves in rendering ill for good.
R—au 'tis said's a philosophic sage,
Of shining parts as any in the age:
But what philosophy, may I debate,
First taught to love, then, without cause, to hate
A friend and benefactor? I presume,
Such was the kind and generous Mr. Hume.
Now let him show whereon his reasons rest;
Hypothesis can never stand the test.
Impartially I must such conduct scan,
Abhor the passion, but still love the man.
Ingratitude must check the generous fire
Which British souls so nobly does inspire,
To act the part of guardians to oppress'd,
And succour those that are with want distress'd.
Now, what affects the generous, the good,
Like a return of base ingratitude!