ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, in Poetae Britannici (1700) 13-15.
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
1700: Sir Richard Blackmore
1700: Thomas Brown
1700: William Congreve
1700: Abraham Cowley
1700: Thomas D'Urfey
1700: Sir John Denham
1700: John Dryden
1700: John Fletcher
1700: Charles Gildon
1700: Ben Jonson
1700: Nathaniel Lee
1700: Rev. Luke Milbourne
1700: John Milton
1700: John Oldham
1700: Thomas Rymer
1700: Edmund Waller
1700: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1707: Joseph Addison
1707: Matthew Prior
Milton! whose Muse kisses th' Embroider'd Skies,
While Earth below grows little, as she flies.
Thro' trackless Air she bends her winding flight,
Far as the Confines of retreating Light.
Tells the Sindg'd Moors, how Scepter'd Death began
His lengthning Empire o'er offending Man.
Unteaches Conquer'd Nations to Rebel,
By Singing how their Stubborn Parents fell.
Now Seraphs Crown'd with Helmets I behold,
Helmets of substance more refin'd than Gold:
The Skies with an united Lustre shine,
And Face to Face th' Immortal Armies join.
God's plated Son, Majestically gay,
Urges's Chariot thro' the Chrystal way;
Breaks down their Ranks, and Thunders as he flies,
Arms in his Hands, and Terrour in his Eyes.
O'er Heav'ns wide Arch the routed Squadrons rore,
And transfix'd Angels groan upon the Diamond Floor.
Then, wheeling from Olympus Snowy top,
Thro' redned Air the giddy Leaders drop
Down to th' Abyss of their allotted Hell,
And gaze on the lost Sky from whence they fell.
I see the Fiend, who, tumbl'd from his Sphere,
Once by the Victor God, begins to fear
New Lightning, and a second Thunderer.
I hear him yell, and argue with the Skies;
Was't not enough, Relentless Power, he cries,
Despair of better State, and loss of Light
Irreparable? was not loathsome Night,
And ever during dark sufficient pain,
But Man must Triumph by our Fall, and Reign
To register the Fate which we sustain?
Hence Hell is doubly seal'd: Almighty Name,
Hence after Thine we feel the Poet's flame,
And in Immortal Song renew reviving Shame.
O Soul Seraphick, teach us how we may
Thy Praise adapted to thy worth display:
For who can Merit more? or who enough can Pay?
Earth was unworthy thy aspiring view,
Sublimer Objects were reserv'd for you.
Thence nothing mean obtrudes on thy design,
Thy Style is equal to thy Theme Divine,
All Heavenly great, and more than Masculine.
Tho' neither Vernal Bloom, nor Summer's Rose
Their opening Beauties could to Thee disclose:
Tho' Nature's curious Characters which we
Exactly view, were all eras'd to Thee.
Yet Heav'n stood Witness to thy piercing Sight;
Below was Darkness, but Above was Light.
Thy Soul was Brightness all; nor could he stay
In nether Night, and such a want of Day:
But wing'd aloft, from sordid Earth retires
To higher Glory, and his kindred Fires;
Like an unhooded Hawk, who loose to prey,
With open Eyes pursues th' Aetherial way.
There, happy Soul, assume thy destin'd place,
And in yon Sphere begin thy glorious race:
That Sphere, which Lucifer did once Disgrace.
Or, if amongst the Laurell'd Heads there be,
A Mansion in the Sky reserv'd for Thee;
There, Ruler of thy Orb, aloft appear,
And rowl with Homer in the brightest Sphere.
To whom Calliope has joyn'd thy Name,
And recompenc'd thy Fortunes with his Fame:
Tho' she (forgive our freedom!) some times flows;
In Lines too rugged, and a-kin to Prose.
Verse with a lively smoothness should be Wrote.
When Scope is granted to your Speech and Thought.
Like some fair Planet thy Majestick Song,
Should move with ease and Sparkle as it rowl'd along.