ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir Walter Raleigh
W., "On Sir Walter Raleigh" Royal Magazine 2 (May 1760) 322-23.
Sir Walter Raleigh:
1588: Thomas Churchyard
1595: Edmund Spenser
1597: Henry Lok
1598: Rev. Francis Meres
1602: Richard Carew
1618: John Pym
1618 ca.: Henry King
1651: Samuel Sheppard
1680 ca.: John Aubrey
1730: William Bond
1731: The Traveller
1740 ca.: William Oldys
1742: John Campbell
1750 ca.: Thomas Edwards
1762: Rev. John Langhorne
1766: Rev. Richard Graves
1790: Edmond Malone
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1805: Rev. Henry John Todd
1812: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1820: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1826: Richard Ryan
1832: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1836: Robert Southey
1842: C. H. Timperley
1844: Leigh Hunt
1845: Edward Farr
1880: John W. Hales
1882: James Russell Lowell
1882: Epes Sargent
When fam'd Eliza fill'd Britannia's throne,
And chiefs confess'd her sway, till then unknown;
When states oppress'd for her protection su'd,
And papal tyrants found themselves subdu'd;
Then Raleigh rose, and sought an honest fame,
With every worth that dignify'd its flame.
Good Cecil's sapience, Drake's far thundering ire,
Bacon's cool judgment, temp'ring Spenser's fire,
A Selden's mind to trace primeval gloom,
Restore lost time, and rescue from the tomb:
Tho' these in him, like suns reflected, shone,
And honours crown'd him which his merits won;
Tho' round his brow unfading laurels twin'd,
With blooming bays and flow'ring myrtles join'd;
Yet who, alas! could honest worth defend,
When only fools and flatterers found a friend?
When unassuming worth was sought no more,
And all those suns eclips'd that shone before?
Nay, such the rancour in the following reign,
To blast those laurels they could ne'er attain;
That by mean arts, O ignominious deed!
Bade him, the barrier of his country, bleed.
Whilst vanquish'd Spain exulted o'er his fate,
The British genius mourn'd her darling state;
With shelt'ring pinions hover'd round no more,
But stretch'd her wings, and left the abject shore.
Norwich, May 18, 1760.