1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Antigallican, "Extempore Lines on a late Translation of French Sermons. Addressed to Dr. D—d" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (15 November 1769).



Say, Doctor, what could be your aim,
When starting from the post of fame,
You left this letter'd shore?
Can Gallic energy define
Truths far more noble, more sublime,
Than Britain's sons explore?

Authors shall rise both far and near,
Worthy to reach a Prince's ear,
And teach him how to rule—
Call therefore back th' ill-natur'd page,
Receive reproof — revere the age—
And go again to school.