ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Dr. John Armstrong
Anonymous, "To a young Lady before her Marriage, with a Copy of Armstrong's Art of preserving Health" Scots Magazine 67 (October 1805) 784.
Dr. John Armstrong:
1748: James Thomson
1756 ca.: Rev. James Hervey
1758: Alexander Carlyle
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1768: Frances Burney
1770: James Beattie
1770 ca.: Horace Walpole
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1779: William Russell
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1794: Robert Alves
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1798: Alexander Campbell
1804: David Irving
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1808: Rev. George Gregory
1821: Thomas Furlong
1822: Joseph Robertson
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1848: Leigh Hunt
1853: Rev. John Mitford
1876: James Grant Wilson
1880: George Saintsbury
1888: Edmund Gosse
1927: C. S. Lewis
To thee, sweet maid, this classic page
Its purest lesson speaks in vain,
And Satire's voice at folly's rage,
But wastes in air the pointed strain.
If virtue human ill ne'er know,
If worth at pain shall ne'er repine,
If innocence ne'er taste of woe,
Then sure the bliss of health is thine.
But in the cup to mortals given,
Mix'd deep some bitter dregs are found;
This is the high behest of heaven;
With woe our purest joys abound.
And yet if aught the wish avail,
The wish, dear maid, of more than friend;
The storms of life shall ne'er assail,
The boon of health shall thee attend.
Content and joy go hand in hand,
With smiling looks thy steps to guide:
Where home's sweet comforts thou'lt command,
Whatever cares shall else betide.
Haddington, Sept. 1805.