ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Isaac Watts
Anonymous, "To a married Lady, with Dr. Watts's Lyric Poems. By her Husband" Edinburgh Magazine or Literary Amusement 54 (3 January 1782) 406.
Rev. Isaac Watts:
1696: John Hughes
1718: Sir Richard Blackmore
1730 ca.: Rev. James Hervey
1737: J. W., aetat 17
1740: J. W.
1741: Mather Byles
1748: Susanna Highmore
1749: Rev. Moses Browne
1749: B. Sowden
1756: Samuel Johnson
1780: Rev. Thomas Gibbons
1781: William Cowper
1781: T. N.
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1799: Thomas Green
1802: George Dyer
1807: Robert Southey
1819: Thomas Campbell
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1843: John Holland
1860: George Gilfillan
1868: George Macdonald
1882: Epes Sargent
Indulge, my fair, the lays thy charms inspire:
For love, like ours, great WATTS attun'd his lyre.
Our souls first rapt in Virtue's sacred cause,
He forms us next to Friendship's gen'rous laws.
How potent each in this confed'rate view,
Not less than us, the letter'd poet knew,
Finish'd in both, still may we rise in life;
Nor death till late, dissolve the noble strife.
Tho' light as chaff, to the loose, sportive winds,
Its vows, too oft the treach'rous heart resigns;
Yet, in each scene, with thy dear form imprest,
And aw'd by grace, which guards the lover best:
Herself the pole shall bright Sarissa be,
And Lemuel's tenderest passion point to thee.
Others shall sink in thy superior ray,
As darkness flies before the blaze of day.