ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, in "The Wits, a Satire" London Magazine 51 (October 1782) 486.
1766: Horace Walpole
1766: J. S.
1768: Horace Walpole
1769: W. O.
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1774 ca.: Anonymous
1776: E. H.
1776: Bat Bath
1780: Frances Burney
1780: Rev. Richard Graves
1782: Anna Seward
1785: Hannah More
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1801: Alexander Thomson
1806: William Meyler
1810: John Hodgson
1820: Lord Byron
1824: George Dyer
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1830: Richard Warner
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1858: Samuel Austin Allibone
Momus of Bath, whose laughter-loving muse
Wherever flitting folly flees, pursues,
In new address, new drolleries conveys,
With tinsel apes, and formal blockheads plays;
Gives all the softer frailties of the fair,
The dull to animate, the gloomy chear,
On whom each jovial God, some charm bestows;
To work the sportive humour as it flows;
Ah! now to balls, and water drinkers rest!
Sublimer scenes sublimer strains suggest,
Hark! Virtue mourns. The muses sympathize.
And haste to aid her, from native skies!
Nor other numbers, shall prefer to thine,
For still the simplest, are the most divine!