1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Mira, "An Ode for Music. Addressed to the Magdalens. For Doctor Dodd" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (8 April 1777).



Daughters of Israel, weep and mourn,
Send up your prayers for the forlorn,
For the forlorn;
For him who was your friend.
A prayer from beauty sent,
When drest in tears,
Is more than eloquent.

Let every Nymph who was betray'd,
For mercy bend;
And let the spotless Virgin aid,
The spotless Virgin aid,
For their lost friend.
A prayer from beauty sent,
When drest in tears,
Is more than eloquent.

Let ev'ry mother tremble for a son,
For fear his end
Should to the cruel number still add one,
The cruel number still add one,
Like our lost friend:
Yet the prayer from beauty sent,
When drest in tears,
May be more eloquent.
Send the pray'r,
Shed the tear
Of the humble penitent.