ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. William Dodd
Anonymous, "A New-Year's Gift to a certain Court Chaplain" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (2 January 1772).
Rev. William Dodd:
1760: Horace Walpole
1761: William Woty
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1764: A. Weekes
1769: Joseph Cockfield
1769: Alexander Carlyle
1773: G. B. H.
1774: Horace Walpole
1774: A. B.
1777: Elizabeth Montagu
1777: Samuel Johnson
1777: J. T.
1777: Thomas Hastings
1777: W. W.
1777: D. J.
1777: M. S.
1777: John Huddlestone Wynne
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1778: Charles Graham
1785: William Cowper
1791: James Boswell
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Robert Southey
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1810: Alexander Chalmers
1813: George Colman the Younger
1815: Charles Lamb
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1842: C. H. Timperley
Meek, humble, modest, parson D—D!
Believe me, it is mighty odd,
That you such hopes should dish up;
For after all, my good friend WILL!
Whate'er you think, you will be still
A Priest, but not a Bishop.
The parties that you tried to fix
Of Ladies (monstrous thus to mix!)
To grace the Chaplain's table;
Carnal and Spirit'al thus to join,
Flounc'd petticoats with gowns divine,
O fye! e'en that's not able.
For tho' the hold of apron-strings,
And all such mighty pretty things,
Do raise men who are humble;
Yet when, poor creatures! they kick up,
And their orig'nal dust lick up,
Lord! how they groan and grumble!
Another string you've try'd to touch,
Which if it serves your purpose much,
The world might justly wonder.
Thus did Salmoneus rattle o'er
The brazen bridge, to make it roar
Like Jove's imperial thunder.
Of French translations we've enough,
And all such meagre flimsy stuff,
Both sacred and profane;
But what will suit proud Louy's Court,
Should not to George's here resort,
As all such preaching's vain!
Marsillon's pen flows much too fine,
In polish'd periods every line,
To stand the British test;
The heart of George will never bow
To French discourses, since we know
We have by far the best.
Thus while you warn a Prince's ear
Of specious flattery to beware,
You gild the Gallic pill,
In such a manner as to suit
Your artful views with George, or Bute;
And so farewell, dear WILL!—
And am, with best wishes, to see you EXALTED as HIGH as your well-known humility and modesty deserve, your sincere friend and brother,
ONE, who though less than the least of all CURATES, yet too honest to flatter, and too happy to be made a BISHOP.
St. Paul's Church-yard, Jan. 1, 1772.