ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
W., "To the Author of the Roman Father" Gentleman's Magazine 20 (April 1750) 183.
1755: Rev. William Mason
1757: William Shenstone
1757: Richard Owen Cambridge
1757: Bp. Richard Hurd
1757: Rev. John Free
1757: Horace Walpole
1761: R. S.
1762: Rev. Charles Churchill
1762: Thomas Gray
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1769: W. G. E.
1770 ca.: William Cole
1772: Paul Pinchwell
1773: Christopher Anstey
1774: Rev. John Langhorne
1774: The Bellman
1785: C. J.
1785: Edmond Malone
1785: Anna Seward
1786: Rev. Robert Potter
1788: Rev. William Mason
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1804: Joseph Dennie
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Rev. George Richards
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Thomas Humphry Ward
1910: Ralph Straus
As when brave Publius — on the verge of fate
Preserv'd his country's freedom, and her state;
The youths and virgins wreaths of flowrets bring,
And round the hero grateful paeans sing;
So now each lover of the tragick scene
Shou'd offer laurels of unfading green
To you, who in this dull, declining age,
Revive the glory of the British stage!
Before your strokes each modern quits the field,
Nay all, but Shakespeare's glorious self, must yield.
Like him you draw soft nature's tender part,
And in live colours paint the human heart.
Such as it was ere vice began to reign,
And spread her follies o'er our Albion's plain:
Such as it was when Romans durst be brave,
When ev'ry Briton scorn'd a fashion's slave!
When honest satyr did not fear to lash
That atom Fribble, and that nothing Flash!
What thinking man beholds the godlike sire,
Whose bosom burns not with congenial fire,
What fair one can refrain from streaming eyes,
When warm in youth the last Honoria dies!
In each pathetick scene, who can refuse
To hail with loud applause your virtuous muse?