ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
W. M. T., "To Anna Seward, on reading her Sonnets, Louisa, &c." The Cabinet 3 (March 1808) 205-06.
1766: P. Adey
1781: Samuel Johnson of Shrewsbury
1781: William Hayley
1782: Rev. William Bagshaw Stevens
1783: Helen Maria Williams
1783: Mary Scott
1783: G. I. L.
1783: M. O. S.
1784: William Hayley
1785: Thomas Sedgwick Whalley
1785: D. C.
1785: Rev. Robert Greville
1786: William Hayley
1786: S. A.
1786: Rev. William Bagshaw Stevens
1786: M. C. S.
1787: Richard Porson
1787: Francis Noel Clarke Mundy
1788: Joseph Weston
1788: Edward Pye-Waters
1788: Thomas Lister
1788: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1789: William Newton, the Peak Minstrel
1789: John Williams
1790 ca.: George Hardinge
1790: Thomas Trotter
1790: Susanna Pearson
1791: Jane West
1791: J. N.
1792: John Bennet
1793: Rev. George Butt
1796: William Bagshaw Stevens
1796: Robert Farren Cheetham
1796: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1797: Thomas Park
1797: David Samwell
1798: Edward Gardner
1799: Robert Fellows
1799: Francis Noel Clarke Mundy
1799: W. Woolston
1799: Christopher Smyth
1800 ca.: Dr. Erasmus Darwin
1801: Alexander Thomson
1802: Henry Kirke White
1802: Margaret Holford
1802: Robert Farren Cheetham
1804: W. Fitzthomas
1805: Capel Lofft
1807: John Murray
1808: W. M. T.
1809: H. Burrington
1811: Bp. Thomas Percy
1811: Dr. Robert Anderson
1811: Mary Russell Mitford
1811: Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe
1811: Walter Savage Landor
1811: Jane West
1811: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1811: Sir Walter Scott
1812: Hannah More
1812 ca.: George Hardinge
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Melesina Chenevix Trench
1821: Lord Byron
1827: Alexander Dyce
1828: Leigh Hunt
1830: William Wordsworth
1833: Robert Southey
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1855: Sarah Josepha Hale
W. M. T.:
1806: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1808: Anna Seward
Thee, Seward, long my youthful mind's rever'd,
Thy varied verse, and rapture-breathing line
By feeling, taste, and elegance endear'd!
For these my silent praise hath long been thine!
Thou seiz'd the muse's most neglected lyre,
And from its chords, thus touch'd, such notes did flow,
As wake young Fancy's wild enchanting fire,
Or mildly soothe the throbbing breast of woe.
Thou swept'st it — and no more the critic's frown
Shall doom its beauties to oblivion drear;
For, form'd by thee, its bold energic tone
Will aye to Genius' pensive son be dear.
Led by the Muse, charm'd by her visions wild,
In youth thou stray'd'st o'er plain and tangled dell,
And whilst with fondest gaze, she on thee smil'd,
Awok'st to Nature's voice the chorded shell.
Life's ebb's began, but not in thee decays
The sacred fire, the poet's glowing soul,
Still beam their influence in thy raptur'd lays,
Still round thine head their fairy visions roll.
Still doth thine ardent mind possess the pow'r,
Existence to prolong beyond the tomb;
And when the world's vain pageants are no more,
The amaranth wreath by Genius given shall bloom.
Then oh! if aught a simple youth can form,
Might what he's felt in thy bold song repay;
Seward! accept this verse, whose only charm
Is, that warm gratitude inspires the lay!