ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir John Denham
, in Poetae Britannici (1700) 16-17.
Sir John Denham:
1648: Rev. Robert Herrick
1682: John Sheffield
1694: Joseph Addison
1700: Samuel Cobb
1713: Alexander Pope
1713: Rev. Henry Felton
1720: Giles Jacob
1721: Judith Cowper Madan
1769: Daniel Hayes
1776: Oliver Goldsmith
1779: Samuel Johnson
1789: Anna Seward
1789: Philip Neve
1796: Rev. Joseph Warton
1799: Lady Catherine Rebecca Manners
1806: J. E. Harwood
1806: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1808: Rev. George Gregory
1824: William Hazlitt
1834: Robert Aris Willmott
1835: Robert Southey
1837: Henry Hallam
1843: John Holland
1880: Edmund Gosse
1882: Epes Sargent
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
But now my hasty Muse converts her Eye,
To see where Denham and Roscommon fly,
Cautiously daring, and correctly High.
Both chief in Honour, and in Learning's Grace,
Of ancient Spirit, and of ancient Race.
Who, when withdrawn from business and affairs,
Their Minds unloaded of tormenting cares,
With thoughts of Verse deceiv'd the sliding time,
And unrewarded sung in Noble Rhyme.
Not like those venal Bards, who write for Pence,
Above the Vulgar were their Names and Sense:
The Critick judges while the Muse indites,
And Rules for Dryden, like a Dryden Writes.
'Tis true their Lamps were of the smallest size,
But like the Stoick's of prodigious Price.
Roscommon's Rules shall o'er our Isle be read,
Nor dye, till Poetry it self be Dead.
Fam'd Cooper's Hill, shall like Parnassus stand,
And Denham reign, the Phoebus of the Land.
As long as Silver Thames shall flow, and joyn,
His blended Waters with the foamy Brine:
While his pure stream is so divinely Sung,
Be Thou, Great Poet, Father of our Tongue.