ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Dr. Erasmus Darwin
M. C. S., "Sonnet, occasioned by the expected Edition of Dr. Darwin's beautiful Poem complete" Gentleman's Magazine 61 (Supplement 1791) 1222.
Dr. Erasmus Darwin:
1783: Anna Seward
1786: Anna Seward
1788: Rev. William Bagshaw Stevens
1789: Elizabeth Carter
1791: M. C. S.
1792: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1792: William Hayley
1792: Francis Noel Clarke Mundy
1792: Anna Seward
1793: Isaac D'Israeli
1793: William Cowper
1796: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1796 ca.: Dewhurst Bilsborrow
1798: Richard Lovell Edgeworth
1798: Edward Gardner
1800: Thomas James Mathias
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Mr. Rainford
1802: Richard Lovell Edgeworth
1805: Charles Brockden Brown
1805: Anna Seward
1808: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1809: Lord Byron
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Leigh Hunt
1814: George Dyer
1818: William Hazlitt
1821: A Belle of the Old School
1824: George Dyer
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1827: Robert Southey
1833: James Montgomery
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1856: Samuel Rogers
1858: Cyrus Redding
1882: Margaret Oliphant
1882: Epes Sargent
M. C. S.:
1786: Anna Seward
1791: Dr. Erasmus Darwin
Why, in the Muses' Grove, re-echoing late
With thousand notes that charm'd the list'ning shade,
Shelter and solace sweet for him whose fate
Prompts the pierc'd heart to thought's sequester'd glade;
Why, as with mildew smit, droops every leaf,
That playful wav'd to each inspiring air?
Why slumber, as intranc'd in silent grief,
The melodies that breath'd such raptures there?
Afflicting pause to mock'd Attention's ears!
No more the lyric lark, to greet the ray
Of orient morn, in Mason's song she hears;
No more, at noon, in Hayley's moral lay.
The sober linnet chears the tranquil grove;
No more the nightingale, in Seward's strains,
Pours to the star of eve her hymns of love,
And fills alone the wide-enchanted plains.
DARWIN, arise! in Fancy's arms array'd;
And thrill the silence of the lonely shade.