1820 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Wesley

A Lady, "Lines, written on seeing a Picture of the Rev. Mr. John Wesley" Imperial Magazine [Liverpool] 2 (July 1820) 527-28.



Hail brightest orator our Nation boasts!
Hail veteran soldier of the Lord of hosts!
Hail bright resemblance, in whose nervous lines,
The saint sublime, the finish'd Christian shines!

Through whom appears to each discerning eye,
The depths of Learning, Wisdom, Piety:
All graces, human and divine, are there,
Soft temper'd with the pensive mourner's air.

Mild heav'nly meekness, to the world unknown,
Unto the lov'd disciple giv'n alone,
A worth so singular, since time began
But one surpass'd, — and he was more than man.