1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Clericus, "To Mr. Winterbottom, on the Death of Doctor Dodd" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (7 August 1777).



When sharp affliction wounds the heart,
Which pants for quick relief;
Say, what can ease the raging smart
And agony of grief?

What! but religion, sweetest maid,
That e'er to earth was giv'n;
She, mild physician, brings her aid,
Immediately from Heav'n.

In that sad hour, when o'er the bier,
Compassion, mourning hung,
And sympathy distill'd the tear
Of Nature, for her Son;

Then she, benevolently kind,
Apply'd her sov'reign rod;
Check'd grief's excess, and taught the mind,
Submission unto God.

Yet tears may fall, thou gen'rous man!
Well temper'd they are wise—
For what is life? 'tis but a span,
And Dodd's above the skies.

Then, 'on the wings of Hope ascend,
To that immortal seat;
Where charity shall never end,
And amity's compleat.
Aug. 3, 1777.