ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Joseph Cooper Walker
Anonymous, in "To Joseph C. Walker, Esq. on his Return from the Continent" Gentleman's Magazine 66 (July 1796) 596.
Joseph Cooper Walker:
1786: Joseph Cooper Walker
1789: Samuel Whyte
1789: Joseph Ritson
1793: Rev. Henry Boyd
1802: Dr. Robert Anderson
1808: Bp. Thomas Percy
1808: Dr, Robert Anderson
1810: William Hayley
1830: Dawson Turner
1833: John Wilson
1878: Alfred Webb
Not to the social range alone confin'd,
Your noble energy of mind
Reviv'd the harmony of Tamor's hall,
Silent for many an age;
And, in thy classic page,
O'er her fall'n poets flung a richly-figur'd pall.
Why need I sing the Plan thy genius drew
To rouse their slumb'ring Sister at the view,
What scenes to charm her from the tomb,
What spells to break her cloister'd gloom?
O may thy public spirit, fraught
With all that Florence knew and taught,
With all the Buonarotti dar'd;
With all of heav'n that Raphael shar'd,
With Guido's grace, and Rosa's fire,
Brood o'er the formless mass,
The mighty outline taste,
And bid the glowing seeds of gen'rous art conspire!