ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
J. P., "On Three British Religious Poets" The Literary Chronicle 7 (6 August 1825) 510.
1812: Lord Byron
1813: Rev. Francis Hodgson
1814: Bernard Barton
1816: William Wordsworth
1820: John Scott
1820: Francis Jeffrey
1822: Robert Southey
1823: Charles Lamb
1823: Rev. John Mitford
1824: Mary Leadbeater
1825: William Howitt
1825: Chandos Leigh
1825: J. P.
1826: Herbert Barton
1827: T. T.
1830: Charles Crocker
1833: Henry Roscoe
1841: Allan Cunningham
1848: Lucy Barton
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1858: Samuel Austin Allibone
1864: Mary Howitt
1866: Bryan Waller Procter
1871: S. C. Hall
1882: Epes Sargent
1896: George Saintsbury
1775: Thomas Gray
1790: William Hamilton Reid
1825: Bernard Barton
Three poets, in one age, one land, were born,
And with their verse Britannia's isle adorn:
Sublime and beautiful, with humorous vein,
COWPER enchanted with his pious strain.
MONTGOMERY came, in sweet and sacred mood,
His theme was love, "The World before the Flood."
Then BERNARD BARTON join'd the tuneful choir,
And pour'd sweet numbers from affection's lyre.
Long ages passed, before poetic flame
From Greece, through Rome, to our own Milton came;
But here three poets are at once preferred
To claims of which, nor Greece, nor Rome, had heard,
Nor can we think they e'er will be surpass'd,
'Till heaven's own harpings fill our ears at last.