1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Wesley

Charles Graham, "On John Wesley's Address to the Americans" Graham, Miscellaneous Pieces (1778) 54.



O strange reverse! shall WESLEY stand display'd?
Shall blooming laurels crown his hoary head?
Full fifty years did he with pliant tongue
Dispense his favours to the attentive throng;
His female proselytes would lowly bend,
But not one plaudit did his shrine attend.
Fame, fickle goddess! now at length appears,
And smiles propitious on his riper years.
O! blest resource! when pious preaching fails,
Sweet comfort's wafted in by NORTH-ern gales,
Alas! poor WESLEY! (pilot of the soul)
Th' attractive magnet twists thee to the pole.