1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Andrew Erskine, in "The Hangmen" Town Eclogues (1773) 4.



Happy am I indeed when rogue's are ta'en,
Though transportation sometimes proves my bane;
Yet thanks to Fielding who adorns his place,
I seldom feel the pangs of such disgrace.
The day rolls round devoted to the tree,
Sacred to justice, hanging, and to me:
See, on his car, the highwayman appears,
The mob look pale, even butchers are in tears;
He unappall'd the fatal noose surveys,
The clamorous multitude resound his praise;
Each downcast eye with gentle pity weeps,
Each gentle fair in gin her sorrow steeps.