ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
W. P., "A Poem most humbly inscribed to the Right Hon. Lord Lyttelton" Oxford Magazine 6 (February 1771) 75.
1743: James Thomson
1746: James Thomson
1747: Catherine Talbot
1747: Thomas Gray
1747: Thomas Edwards
1748: James Thomson
1748: W. D—n
1748: J. W-n
1751: William Shenstone
1751: Horace Walpole
1755 ca.: Richard Meadowcourt
1761: Rev. John Langhorne
1763: Rev. Charles Churchill
1765: William Kenrick
1767: Samuel Johnson
1771: W. P.
1773: James Beattie
1773: Elizabeth Carter
1773: Rev. William Lipscomb
1773: John Tait
1773: Edward Cooper
1773 ca.: A. P.
1773: John Jones
1773: C. R. M. S.
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1788: John Williams
1792: John Bennet
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1802: George Dyer
1806: John Wooll
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1806: William Forbes
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1810: William Wordsworth
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Thomas Enort Smith
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1834: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1860: George Gilfillan
1882: Epes Sargent
1888: Edmund Gosse
1771: George Lyttelton
1775: Oliver Goldsmith
1776: James Beattie
1794: Rev. Joseph Warton
1811: Mary Tighe
Let others load the mercenary muse,
Prone to extort the honest birth of truth,
Bought to extol the Premier's venal views,
Some tool of pow'r, or interest-lifted youth.
Let hireling pens corruption's sway defend,
And swell the lay expressive of a bride;
Let flattery, the food of courts, descend,
To yield her essence to the fawning scribe.
My Muse detests the borrow'd plume of praise,
Unbrib'd she sings what truth may deign to hear,
And boldly dares in these degenerate days
To be impartial, and to be sincere.
Lives there a man 'midst all the titled great,
Whose social virtues lift him to the view
Of honest fame — On Lyttelton they wait,
And rank him foremost of the virtuous few.
Did ever poor distress with unwip'd eye,
To his compassion pour her melting tale?
From him was needy worth e'er bade to fly?
The helpless orphan, or the widow pale?
Each fair perfection of the noble mind
Presides congenial in his generous breast;
Whose country's love his public actions bind,
His country's voice has long this truth confess'd.
Back memory with retrospective scan,
When late he fill'd a most important trust,
There envey owns this amiable man
The blameless Statesman, honest, fair, and just.
Friend to his Sovereign, and his country's weal,
Foe to venality, the Statesman's crime,
Britannia prompts her Lyttelton to feel,
And heal her wrongs at this contentious time.
Resume, my son, my Lyttelton, she cries,
Some station equal to my firmest friend,
Britannia's welfare in thy bosom lies,
Resume a power, and bid her discords end.