ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On the Anniversary of Thomson's Birth-day, celebrated at Cape-Hall, Edinburgh" Scots Magazine 52 (October 1790) 504.
1726 ca.: Aaron Hill
1727: David Mallet
1729: Edward Young
1729: Richard Savage
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1733: Richard Savage
1734: Rev. James De La Cour
1736: Gibert West
1736: Rev. Moses Browne
1736: Alexander Bayne
1746: William Shenstone
1746: Alexander Carlyle
1748: George Lyttelton
1748: Robert Shiels
1748 ca.: Anonymous
1748 ca.: William Shenstone
1748: Rev. James De La Cour
1749: William Collins
1750: George Lyttelton
1750 ca.: Rev. William Thompson
1751: Moses Mendez
1758: G. G.
1763: Rev. William Thompson
1770: J. S.
1770: W. B.
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1776: Samuel Johnson
1778: James Beattie
1782: J. Gest of Modbury
1788: Thomas Trotter
1790 ca.: Edmond Malone
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1791: Robert Burns
1791: Mr. William Taylor
1791: Thomas Park
1792: John Corry
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1796: Charles Graham
1797: Thomas Park
1798: Alexander Campbell
1800: Mr. Woods
1802: W. G.
1803: Thomas Clio Rickman
1805: Walter Savage Landor
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: Thomas Barnes
1814: George Noble
1815: William Wordsworth
1816: George Scott
1818: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1818: A. C. L.
1818: Robert Carruthers
1822: Joseph Robertson
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: Allan Cunningham
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: Richard Ryan
1829: William Wordsworth
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1831: John Wilson
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1836: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1836: L. L.
1842: Robert Story
1880: George Saintsbury
1882: Epes Sargent
1894: William Minto
Let ev'ry swain his rural cot
With Autumn's fairest gifts adorn,
And welcome in with past'ral note
The RURAL POET'S natal morn.
No sullen mists on this blest day
Veil with chill wing the fruitful ground;
But, Phoebus, shed thy brighest ray
On every smiling landscape round.
Nor you, ye village-maids, forget
With the gay dance new charms to blend,
And pay with grateful smiles the debt
Soft beauty owes her constant friend.
Ye circling Seasons, changeful pow'rs,
You, as ye roll, his praise renew:
As Tweed reflects the pendent flow'rs,
With native tints he pictures you.
Whether, the blossom'd vale along,
Young zephyr, sporting, scents the air;
Or loud winds down the Shepherd's song,
And leave the prostrate Forest bare—
And as he view'd the cultur'd land,
Bright fields where health and labour smile,
He bade the peasant's mind expand,
And know, 'tis Freedom crowns his toil.
Nor with less skill th' emotion'd heart
He, thro' the lofty Scene, exprest:
When he wou'd paint the social part,
He look'd within his own kind breast.
Tho' now thy tuneful pipe, sweet bard!
In silence deep is doom'd to dwell,
(For who, that e'er thy strain hath heard,
It's slumb'ring note wou'd dare to swell)?
Yet, from yon realms of endless day,
Thy spirit pleas'd may look on Earth,
Oft as thy well-remember'd lay
Some latent virtue calls to birth.
But which, of all the radiant throng,
Thy lib'ral bosom most approv'd—
O ye mute tribes, were your's the song,
You'd boast, transcendent Pity mov'd!
While Time this hallow'd Day returns,
That still to Britons must be dear;
And zeal to blazon merit burns,
Which all who feel like men revere;
So oft let art and nature come,
In union fond the task embrace,
With floral wreaths to deck his tomb,
Who lent their fairest forms new grace!
So oft, on many a Scotian plain,
Carol, ye youths, his kindred name;
Each hill and dale repeat the strain,
That sounds the RURAL POET'S fame!