ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "Lines, inscribed to the Author of The Pleasures of Memory" Gentleman's Magazine 62 (September 1792) 847.
1792: Rev. Luke Booker
1794: J. B.
1794: Robert Merry
1796: Samuel Parr
1796: Rev. Joseph Warton
1801: Alexander Thomson
1803: S. Whitchurch
1804: Charles Burney
1807: Richard Cumberland
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1809: Lord Byron
1810: Sir Walter Scott
1811: Richard Cumberland
1813: Thomas Campbell
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1813: Edward Thurlow
1813: Thomas Moore
1814: Thomas Barnes
1816: John Hamilton Reynolds
1817: William Wordsworth
1817: Rev. George Crabbe
1818: Henry Luttrell
1818: Lord Byron
1818: E. W. G.
1819: F. W.,
1820: David Carey
1822: John Taylor Esq.
1822: James Harley
1823: Rev. Charles Burton
1825: William Wordsworth
1827: V. A.
1829: Charles Lamb
1829: Mary Ann Browne
1830: William Roscoe
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: Rev. Oliver William Bourne Peabody
1830: C. H.
1830 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1833: Allan Cunningham
1833: Charles Lamb
1834: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1835: George Ticknor
1840: Charles Dickens
1840 ca.: Caroline Norton
1847: Cyrus Redding
1848: Bernard Barton
1849: Dr. William Beattie
1850: Prince Albert
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1854: Lydia Huntley Sigourney
1855: Henry Crabb Robinson
1856: Abraham Hayward
1858: Cyrus Redding
1871: S. C. Hall
1872: James T. Fields
1873: Joseph Devey
1877: Bryan Waller Procter
1880: Henry Taylor
1882: Epes Sargent
1887: P. W. Clayden
1889: P. W. Clayden
1891: Charlotte Matilda Houstoun
1898: Rowland E. Prothero
Rev. Luke Booker:
1789: Dr. Hugh Downman
1792: Samuel Rogers
1820: Rev. Joseph Spence
1822: Robert Millhouse
1826: John Nichols
Long live the bard! and, on the lists of Fame,
In living lustre be enroll'd his name,
Who, to a lyre — by heav'nly fingers strung,
"Imagination's Pleasures" sweetly sung.
And equal be his meed, whose equal strain
(Caroll'd serenely on the village-plain)
Rehearses, with a melody refin'd,
The treasur'd joys of the reflective mind;
Tells how the heart can pierce the drowning wave,
And make the friend we lov'd survive the grave;
Brings each past scene of bliss again to view,
And long-lost comforts teaches to renew;
Who erst display'd such bright poetic fire
When Superstition's horrors wak'd the lyre.
Then, in life's morn, he pour'd th' enrapturing song,
And loftiest numbers roll'd — majestic from his tongue.
Such earnest of his future strength display'd
The young Alcides, in his cradle laid,
When (sent by vengeful Juno's wounded pride)
In his nerv'd grasp the writhing serpents died.
Such earnest of his future lofty flight
Th' imperial bird affords th' astonish'd sight,
When from his nest he boldly dares to rise,
And sails sublimely thro' the yielding skies.
Bless'd be the bard! and, on the heights of Fame,
May Fancy braid her garlands round his name!
Like his own numbers (smooth as summer stream
When crimson'd o'er with Phoebus' setting beam),
May all his moments unembitter'd flow,
Nor aught of care or lasting mis'ry know!
But may each hour serenely glide away,
And Memory's Pleasures crown his latest day!