ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Dr. John Armstrong
, in "Vindication of Poetry" The Misanthrope, with other Poems (1821) 33.
Dr. John Armstrong:
1748: James Thomson
1756 ca.: Rev. James Hervey
1758: Alexander Carlyle
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1768: Frances Burney
1770: James Beattie
1770 ca.: Horace Walpole
1773: Rev. William Hayward Roberts
1779: William Russell
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1794: Robert Alves
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1798: Alexander Campbell
1804: David Irving
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1808: Rev. George Gregory
1821: Thomas Furlong
1822: Joseph Robertson
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1848: Leigh Hunt
1853: Rev. John Mitford
1876: James Grant Wilson
1880: George Saintsbury
1888: Edmund Gosse
1927: C. S. Lewis
1821: Dr. John Armstrong
True, the fair page of fiction may reveal
Scenes that low-minded prudence might conceal:
True, the wild walks of genius may disclose
The weed and flower, the bramble and the rose!
For once the bard his character may stain,
Where scandal points, or lust excites a strain!
For once, from nature he may start aside,
While bright'ning guilt, or soothing childish pride!
This we admit, but candour tells us still,
To place, with care, the good against the ill;
To bring, at once, the varying parts in view,
To hold the bright, but shew the gloomy too.
Perhaps a Sedley, with seductive art,
May pour his poison through the throbbing heart!
A Prior, perchance, may bid the bosom glow
With such desires as youth should never know!
A winning Armstrong tempt the soul to rove,
Uncheck'd thro' all the labyrinths of love;
Or Swift confirm, and sanction with his name,
Lines that will put plain decency to shame!