ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
E. C., "Verses to the Author of the Man of Feeling, found on a blank Leaf of that Copy of the Book which belonged to the late Mr. Granger" 1771 ca.; Scots Magazine 47 (September 1785) 456.
1771 ca.: E. C.
1771: Gilbert Stuart
1782: Hannah More
1787: William Cowper
1787: Robert Burns
1791: Samuel Rogers
1805: Sir James Mackintosh
1807: Lord Byron
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1814 ca.: Robert Pearse Gillies
1815: T. Lyman
1819: William Hazlitt
1819: John Gibson Lockhart
1822: John Wilson
1825: Sir Walter Scott
1829: Felicia Hemans
1833: Allan Cunningham
1854: Leigh Hunt
1856: Samuel Rogers
1882: Margaret Oliphant
1887: P. W. Clayden
1703: Sarah Fyge Egerton
1771 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1781: Bp. Lewis Bagot
1827: Charles Lamb
Whilst other writers, with pernicious art,
Corrupt the morals, and seduce the heart,
Raise lawless passions, loose desires infuse,
And boast their knowledge gathered from the stews—
Be thine the task such wishes to controul,
To touch the gentler movements of the soul;
To bid the breast with gen'rous ardours glow,
To teach the tear of sympathy to flow:
We hope, we fear, we swell with virtuous rage,
As various passions animate thy page.
What sentiments the soul of HARLEY move!
The softest pity, and the purest love!
Congenial virtues dwell in WALTON'S mind,
Form'd her mild graces, and her taste refin'd:
Their flame was such as Heaven itself inspires,
As high, as secret, as the Vestal fires.
But ah! too late reveal'd — With parting breath,
He owns its mighty force, and smiles in death—
His soul spontaneous seeks her kindred sky,
Where Charity and Love can never die.—