ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
John Abraham Heraud
, "Apostrophe to Milton. A Fragment" The Literary Chronicle 6 (6 November 1824) 716-17.
1674: Andrew Marvell
1674 ca.: Thomas Ellwood
1688: John Dryden
1690: Thomas D'Urfey
1693: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1694: Joseph Addison
1694: Matthew Prior
1699: Samuel Say
1700: Henry Hall
1700: Samuel Cobb
1701: Matthew Prior
1708: Rev. Thomas Yalden
1709: Rev. Isaac Watts
1712: Rev. Thomas Newcomb
1712: Bezaleel Morrice
1713: Rev. Henry Felton
1714: John Hughes
1717: Bp. Francis Atterbury
1720 ca.: Ambrose Philips
1721: Judith Cowper Madan
1725 ca.: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
1728: James Ralph
1730: Aaron Hill
1731: Isaac Thompson
1736: G. W.
1737: Alexander Pope
1740: William Shenstone
1745: Rev. Sneyd Davies
1746: William Collins
1747: William Collins
1748: T. F.
1749: F. W.
1750 ca.: William Oldys
1752: S. S. S.
1755: Robert Lloyd
1756: Rev. Joseph Warton
1756: J. H.
1758: G. G.
1759: M. M.
1762: William Whitehead
1766: Rev. Richard Graves
1766: Robert Andrews of Bridgenorth
1770 ca.: Sir William Jones
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1773: Hester Mulso Chapone
1774: W. H.
1776: James Beattie
1777: N. N. D.
1782: William Hayley
1785: John Pinkerton
1785: A Lady
1790: Helen Maria Williams
1792: John Bennet
1793: William Cowper
1793: J. Laws
1795 ca.: John Blair Linn
1798: A. M.
1799: William Seward
1799: William Roscoe
1800: Thomas Green
1802: William Wordsworth
1803: George Dyer
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1808: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1810: R. Rylance
1810: Rev. S. B
1810: James Jennings
1812: William Henry Ireland
1813: Rev. William Cameron
1815: Robert Southey
1817: Richard Hatt
1819: Lord Byron
1819: Thomas Mulock
1819: Thomas Campbell
1822: W. W.
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: John Abraham Heraud
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1825: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: James Gates Percival
1827: F. S. E.
1828: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1830: George Wallingford Clarke
1830: John Abraham Heraud
1830 ca.: Rev. John Mitford
1830: Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1863: George Daniel
1880: Mark Pattison
1882: Epes Sargent
1899: Henry A. Beers
John Abraham Heraud:
1819: Henry Kirke White
1821: Robert Southey
1824: John Milton
1830: John Milton
1832: Lord Byron
1835: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Thou, whom I worship — where art thou?
Monarch of bards! my voice is unto thee—
Oh, that in all thine immortality,
Thou might'st appear to me,
Visible in thy glory now!
Poet of poets! girt and panoplied
With an omnipotence of song;
Dark mingler with fall'n spirits, fierce and strong,
Maddening in seas of fire! Herald dread
Of hell's most horrid session! Utterer
Of its deep secrets to the palsied ear
Of shrunk mortality! Bright denizen
Of yon etherial orb! The seat of men
To angels and to Heaven! Companion
Of ardours burning round the eternal throne!
Fellow of cherubim and seraphim,
Brother and rival in their choral hymn,
Sang to Jehovah in the heaven of heavens!
The nightingale of Eden's balmy evens!
Lark of its morning! Lyrist of its loves,
Galless and gentle as its own sweet doves,—
Breath of its joy — harp of its misery—
My voice is unto thee!
But thou in youth a gentler dream
Shadowed of the smooth Severn stream;
And did'st, with just adjuring verse,
That none but spirits may rehearse,
Oft taking shepherd, weed, and mien,
To visit this worn mold of sin,
Swift as the sparkle of a star,
Guiding the favoured wanderer,
Rightly invoked, in warbled song,
The virgin from her nymphs among,
To list thy spell, where she was sitting,
Her hair in braids of lilies knitting,
And rise and heave her rosy head,
From her coral-paven bed;
And extend her powerful hand,
To undo the charmed band
From virgin beautiful and true,
And in distress and danger too,
Through the force and through the wile
Of unbless'd enchanter vile.—
Once again, oh, grant to me
Help of ensnared chastity,
Virgin, daughter of Locrine,
Sprung of old Anchises' line,
Amphitrite's oozy bower,
To leave for one brief blessed hour,
And whisper in thy poet's ear,
Dulcetly soft, and sweetly clear,
Thine early tale — or to my dream
Come e'en like a shadowy gleam,
And open all the storied scene
On my visionary eyne;
So, like Thyrsis, will I then
Give the benizon agen—
And bid my blessing ever brood
Upon thy margent, cave, and flood,
Like the peaceful halcyon,
After the mad gales have gone!
Thou, of my youth's visions the sole theme—
Thou wert the sun — the aspiring eagle I,
Drinking thy glory in my mind's eye;
Though thou wert throned so high,
Flooding the heaven with thine effulgent stream!
Thou unapproachable! yet in whose light
All may rejoice — supreme, divine;
Bard of the universe — and yet art mine—
Who sang'st, like Philomela, in the night!
Voice of the wilderness, that heralded
Messiah, like a trump of welcome dread!
Poet of his temptation! and the spirit
That did the high and raptured harp inherit,
Which the archangel tuned to triumph, when
Was foiled by man the never-foiled of men—
The infernal serpent! Hail! all hail! great muse
Of mirth and melancholy! — Oh, diffuse
Thy spirit upon mine! dwell in my heart,
Breathe on my soul — and all thine own impart—
Mind of the world — of all worlds — bright and real,
Substance or shadow, dedal or ideal!
Thou, whom I worship — MILTON! where art thou?
Thou, at whose shrine I offered boyhood's vow,
Emulant of thine immortality—
My voice is unto thee!