ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, in Poetae Britannici (1700) 12-13.
1662 ca.: Katherine Philips
1667: Sir John Denham
1667 ca.: Roger Boyle
1670: Richard Flecknoe
1674: Thomas Rymer
1682: John Sheffield
1683: John Dryden
1687: Philip Ayres
1693: Rev. Samuel Wesley
1694: Joseph Addison
1697: John Dryden
1697: Daniel Baker
1700: Samuel Cobb
1712: Bezaleel Morrice
1712: Leonard Welsted
1720: Giles Jacob
1721: Judith Cowper Madan
1722: T. B.
1726: Aaron Hill
1728: James Ralph
1737: Alexander Pope
1754: Thomas Francklin
1757: Rev. John Free
1757: Bp. Richard Hurd
1763: Rev. William Thompson
1764: David Erskine Baker
1769: Daniel Hayes
1772: Bp. Richard Hurd
1776: James Beattie
1776: John Nichols
1782: William Hayley
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1789: William Belsham
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1795 ca.: Bp. Richard Hurd
1797: Charles Lamb
1802: George Dyer
1802: Joseph Dennie
1802: B. T.
1803: George Dyer
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1817: John Taylor Esq.
1819: Thomas Campbell
1819: William Hazlitt
1824: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1826: Richard Ryan
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1836: Hartley Coleridge
1836: Richard Cattermole
1837: William Howitt
1837: Henry Hallam
1842: C. H. Timperley
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1860: George Gilfillan
1880: Thomas Humphry Ward
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
Nature work'd Wonders then; when Shakespear dy'd
Her dearest Cowley rose, drest in her gaudy Pride.
So from great Ruines a new Life she calls,
And Builds an Ovid, when a Tully falls.
With what delight he tunes his Silver strings,
And David's Toils, in David's numbers sings.
Hark! how he Murmurs to the Fields and Groves
Her Rural Pleasures, and his Various Loves.
Yet every Line so innocent and clear,
Hermits may read them to a Virgin's Ear.
The radiant Godhead in the Bush he found:
Fearless he saw, and trod the hallow'd Ground.
Then her soft Lute Converted Clio strung,
While modestly the mingled Graces sung.
Unstol'n Promethean Fire informs his Song;
Rich is his Fancy, his Invention strong.
His Wit, unfathom'd, has a fresh supply,
Is always flowing out, but never Dry.
Sure the profuseness of a boundless Thought,
And lavish'd Wit was ne'er allow'd a Fault.
A Spirit, that is unconfin'd and free,
Should hurry forward, like the Wind or Sea,
Which laughs at Laws and Shackles, when a vain
Presuming Xerxes shall pretend to Reign,
And on the fliting Air impose his pond'rous Chain.
If you who read him well, should chance to find
His Phrase too mean t' express his lofty mind,
His Turns too numerous, or too harsh his Rhyme,
Impute it to his Years, and Fortune's Crime.
He stood afar, and view'd the Promis'd Land;
But perish'd e'er he touch'd the Sacred Strand.
Thro' what Tempestuous Fortunes was he hurl'd!
What Troubles, which alarm'd all the World,
Frighted the Muses! nor was he inclin'd
To throw important Minutes to the Wind.
There let such Drudges study, who are paid,
Verse was his Recreation, not his Trade.
Immortal Cowley! who alone could dare
With Wings well balanc'd tempt th' unbounded Air.
Who to his Lyre Pindarick Strains could call,
Nor fear'd the danger of a threatned Fall.
O had He liv'd to Waller's Reverend Age,
Better'd his Measures, and Reform'd his Page!
Then Britain's Isle might raise her Trophies high,
And solid Rome, or witty Greece out-vy.
The Rhine, the Tyber, and Parisian Seyne,
When e'er they pay their Tribute to the Main
Should no kind Name more gratefully rehearse,
Than lofty Cowley's never dying Verse.
The Thames should sweep his Briny Way before,
And with his Fame salute each distant Shore.