ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "To Mr. Thomson on his excellent Poems" Gentleman's Magazine 6 (August 1736) 479.
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
Rev. Moses Browne:
1736: James Thomson
1739: Rev. Thomas Birch
1739: Richard Savage
1749: Rev. Isaac Watts
1750: Rev. Thomas Gibbons
Strange is the muse's pow'r, whose force divine
Can awe unruly passions, and dissolve
The magick bonds of fear, of grief, of rage,
Rescuing th' enchanted soul. Such powerful strains
O! Thomson! warble on thy moving Lyre,
While full of the inspiring god you play
Before the list'ning graces, and invite
Aonian hills to echo with thy lays.
Thrice happy thou, amid the sacred groves
Allow'd to walk, and taste Castalian sweets,
To none but favour'd bards allow'd: with thee,
Converse the Grecian and the Roman shades,
Familiar, and their flame celestial breathe
In thy selected breast, as did of old
By flow'ry Jordan the translated Seer
On his prophetick Follower: doubly hail!
Restorer of the poets sinking name!
Not thee the sons of vanity engage
Skill'd in the trifling mode, affected mien,
And empty elegance of dress and form.
Thou better know'st t' employ the amusive hour
Contemplative of nature's ample page
While with the various scenes you deck your song.
Philosophy! what graces you inspire,
That swell the poets heart and tune his lays!
Harmonious numbers, energy, of thought,
Each are thy gift, and ev'ry high regard
That lifts the soul from trivial cares below.
And such pure prophet of the muse! reward
Thy labours, wisdom's most conspicuous son!
A mind where ev'ry passion lies subdued
And ev'ry virtue reigns — Friendship and truth
And sweet humility, the moral crown.
O Britain's happier Orpheus! born to charm
A senseless iron offspring: timely born
To rouse her genius and redeem her fame.
Thus, I untuneful, my impartial lay
Attempt to sing, by cross-disposing fates
Deny'd the lot my peaceful choice approves,
Of friend and ev'ry-pleasing hope forlorn,
Yet not deserted by th' etherial guest
Who cheers my midnight pillow and diverts,
With sweet amuse, my lonely anxious day.
Inspiring suff'ring patience, hope enlarg'd,
And joys unmixt with earth's impure alloy.
But thou with ease indulg'd, with favour blest,
Receive unblushing what a generous warmth
Due to thy worth demands. Not small the love
Tho' unadorn'd the praise — this rural wreath
Pluck'd by the banks of Thames, my native stream,
Permit me on thy honour'd brow to place;
Mean tribute to thy long accomplish'd fame.