ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
William Hamilton Reid
Julia, "Sonnet, addressed to W. H. Reid" New Lady's Magazine 4 (January 1789) 45.
William Hamilton Reid:
1787: Crito Sceptic
1787: J. C-w
1787: William Hamilton Reid
1788: John Nichols
1789: J. F-s
1790: J. P.
1790: J. D***g
1789: William Hamilton Reid
1791: Robert Merry
1807: Alexander Pope
O Reid, the Muses' fav'rite son art thou,
For thee they cull the never-fading bay;
Entwin'd with laurel, to bedeck the brow
Of him who sings the sweetly plaintive lay.
Thy untaught Muse, full fraught with heav'nly fire,
Oft as I wander'd o'er my natal green,
With tearful eye, and contemplation dire,
Has sooth'd my bosom with a ray serene.
Say, shall a flaming genius, such as thine,
The chilling blasts of poverty depress?
Ah no! Philanthropy, with smile benign,
This warbling son of poesy shall bless,
Can Britain's sons a niggard boon supply?
Or can such matchless worth neglected lie?