1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Gibbons

The Palladium Author, "On Hearing the Rev. Mr. Gibbons preach at St. Paul's last Sunday, July 8" London Chronicle (14 July 1764) 48.



The Love of God is Charity to Men,
By one the other may be plainly seen;
From God to Men exampl'd Bounties flow,
To teach that Duty which to each they owe;
To Acts of Kindness, Kindness is enjoin'd,
Whence Men are social, happy, and refin'd.
"Grasp the whole World of Reason, Life, and Sense,
In one close System of Benevolence,
Happier as kinder, in whate'er Degree,
And Height of Bliss is Height of Charity."
To God and Nature perfect Acts belong,
Man's erring Will perverts the Right or Wrong;
Divides the Union of the human Mind,
And breaks the Order thro' the whole design'd.
Justice must therefore sometimes lift her Hand,
To curb those Vices which disturb a Land.