ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On an eminent Scotch Poet and Barber" Flowers of Literature for 1805 (1806) 395-96.
1719: William Hamilton of Gilbertfield
1720: C. T.
1722: David Mallet
1725: William Hamilton of Bangour
1728 ca.: William Somervile
1729: Joseph Mitchell
1753: Rev. John Werge
1758: Rev. James Grainger
1761: William Shenstone
1762: Robert Lloyd
1770 ca.: Adam Smith
1772: Dr. John Aikin
1773: Samuel Johnson
1774: William Richardson
1774: T. V.
1776: James Beattie
1778: J. H.
1778: J. O.
1780 ca.: Alexander Fraser Tytler
1783: Rev. Hugh Blair
1786: John Pinkerton
1787: Robert Burns
1790 ca.: Rev. Alexander Geddes
1791: John Learmont
1791: Robert Cumming
1791: Alexander Wilson
1791: Ebenezer Picken
1794: Joseph Ritson
1794: Robert Alves
1796: Gavin Turnbull
1797: George Dyer
1800 ca.: George Chalmers
1802: Anna Seward
1806: Charles Brockden Brown
1809: J. M'D.
1816: George Colman the Younger
1817: Leigh Hunt
1819: Thomas Campbell
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825: Allan Cunningham
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1832: John Wilson
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: William Minto
1882: Epes Sargent
1882: Edmund Gosse
Says Ramsay to Phoebus, my lord, I must tell ye,
The fame that you lend us, fills nobody's belly;
'Tis a diet, like gruel, scarce keeps us alive,
On which fifty grow lean, for a dozen who thrive;
Our bays, though immortal, and laurels to boot,
Will scarce give us credit enough for a suit;
The satires we write are esteem'd but as dirt,
And a tragedy hardly will buy us a shirt;
Our songs and our sonnets are valued less high,
Which a hundred will hum, for a couple who buy.
Since, therefore, our plays, our epistles, and odes,
Neither find us provisions, nor furnish abodes,
Your poets request, you no longer will blame,
Of a little more wealth, and a little less fame!
If I turn a mechanic, let rhyming alone,
And part with the muse for a razor and hone,
And finding your promises courtly and vain,
Retrieve with my hand, what I've lost by my brain.