ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. William Mason
R. D., "To Mr. Mason on his Elfrida" Newcastle General Magazine 5 (March 1752) 136.
Rev. William Mason:
1748: Thomas Gray
1749: D. H.
1749: C. B.
1752: R. D.
1756 ca.: Rev. James Hervey
1757: Mr. Boyce
1758: William Whitehead
1758: Thomas Neville
1760: Thomas Gray
1760: Edward Cooper
1761: William Shenstone
1763: Thomas Balguy
1763: Elizabeth Montagu
1763: Rev. Richard Shepherd
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1765: Rev. Joseph Warton
1768: Elizabeth Carter
1772 ca.: Richard Fenton
1772: Edward Jerningham
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1777 ca.: William Cole
1778: Samuel Johnson
1778: J. Boerhadem
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Hayley
1784: Dr. Warwick
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1786: Rev. Robert Potter
1788: Rev. Robert Greville
1790: Rev. Bryan Waller
1790: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1791: James Boswell
1791: Francis Garden
1792: John Bennet
1794: Thomas James Mathias
1797: Thomas Park
1797: Hannah More
1797: Dr. John Aikin
1797: Dr. J. Crane
1797: Brooke Boothby
1797: Bp. Richard Hurd
1797: Thomas Gisborne
1797: Anna Seward
1797: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1798: J. K.
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1798: Michael Wodhull
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1800: Thomas Dermody
1801: Dr. Erasmus Darwin
1801: John Penn
1802: George Dyer
1803: Elizabeth, Countess Harcourt
1806: Richard Cumberland
1806: William Hayley
1815: Mary Russell Mitford
1815: Richard Nares
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1826: Herbert Barton
1827: Robert Southey
1830: Richard Warner
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1845: John Holland
1853: Rev. John Mitford
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1891: Samuel Smiles
1910: Ralph Straus
1752: Rev. William Mason
1792: Henry Peacham
Hence livid envy, murkiest fiend of hell!
Hence, blood-stain'd malice, to thy baleful cell:
Avaunt, and shed not here your venom'd rage,
Nor with your touch pollute the sacred page;
To Mason the melodious lays belong,
Mason, the soul of genius and of song!
Hail, bard sublime, with raptur'd eyes we see
The soul of Sophocles reviv'd in thee.
Hail, envy'd youth! in whose bright strains conspire
Plato's cool judgment, and warm Pindar's fire;
Whilst Homer's grandeur, Virgil's sweetness join,
To make each noble sentiment divine.
Pity! those scenes which in an earlier age
Had won the wreath on Athens' polish'd stage;
Those scenes produc'd beneath bright learning's throne,
Which Delphos' god without a blush might own;
Those scenes where fire-fraught fancy's strongest ray
Adorns and animates the moral lay;
Pity those noble scenes should stand no chance
With a dull Pantomime, or paltry dance!
Pity that Attick elegance and wit
Dare hope no plaudit from a British pit.
What is th' applause of a theatrick croud?
The breath of folly, by caprice bestow'd?
A soul like thine disdains such trivial praise,
Nor seeks to mount to fame by vulgar ways;
Nobly content with modest merit's due,
The just applause of the judicious few.
That just applause for ever shall be thine,
And thro' each age Elfrida still shall shine;
Elfrida still shall shine, and Mason's name
Distinguish'd stand in the bright roll of fame,
Till time shall stop, 'till nature's frame decay,
And earth, and sea, and heav'n pass in one blaze away.