1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Clio, "Lines addressed to an unfortunate Divine" Morning Chronicle (28 March 1777).



Tho' rude licentious tongues, Britannia's shame,
Deride thy failings, and thy worth defame;
Tho' justice dooms thee to a shameless death,
And injur'd laws demand thy forfeit breath;
Yet when thou'rt called before the throne divine,
We hope a milder doom will then be thine;
That the recording Angel will display
Each virtuous act of thine in bright array.
Then hand still prompt to give to want relief,
The soul that sympathis'd with others' grief;
The noble talents to thy care consign'd,
Employ'd to mend the heart, improve the mind,
And teach, that most exalted pleasures flow
From feeling and removing others woe;
Then drop a tear to wash thy fault away,
And give thee, spotless, to the realms of day.