ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. William Dodd
A. Weekes, "On hearing the Rev. Mr. Dodd preach" London Magazine 33 (September 1764) 477.
Rev. William Dodd:
1760: Horace Walpole
1761: William Woty
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1764: A. Weekes
1769: Joseph Cockfield
1769: Alexander Carlyle
1773: G. B. H.
1774: Horace Walpole
1774: A. B.
1777: Elizabeth Montagu
1777: Samuel Johnson
1777: J. T.
1777: Thomas Hastings
1777: W. W.
1777: D. J.
1777: M. S.
1777: John Huddlestone Wynne
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1778: Charles Graham
1785: William Cowper
1791: James Boswell
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Robert Southey
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1810: Alexander Chalmers
1813: George Colman the Younger
1815: Charles Lamb
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1842: C. H. Timperley
1764: Rev. William Dodd
Heard but the libertine thy pulpit lore,
Pathetic Dodd! the wretch would sin no more;
No more with vice his ebbing life disgrace,
With riot mark, or infamy debase!
No more in sensual pleasures sport secure,
Betray the beauteous, and pollute the pure;
But long, long slighted mercy swift implore,
And laud thy doctrine, and his God adore.
Touch'd with thy preaching, dulness waves his sleep,
And levity itself is seen to weep;
Deigns the proud infidel a list'ning ear,
Adult'rers tremble, and blasphemers fear;
While virtue triumphs with a conscious flame,
And Magdalens, with tears, deplore their shame:
Charm'd with thy merit, with thy manner charm'd,
By truth enlighten'd, and with precepts warm'd,
A muse, altho' unknown, attempts thy praise;
Nor chide her grateful, her impartial lays.
Let flatter'd greatness still by fools be sung;
With Dodd's applause, what temple hath not rung?
Whose skill exalts the preacher's waning art,
And while he moves the passions, mends the heart;
True to his text, and faithful to his God,
Now shews his mercy, and now bares his rod,
Repentance urges with pathetic zeal,
Nor fails each contrite wound with balm to heal!
Go on, judicious pastor, awe the bold,
Still, still improve the young, reclaim the old,
With pleasing energy thy saviour preach,
And virtue animate, and candour teach;
Still make fair chastity thy darling theme,
While Magdalens' support and prize its fame;
Then, nor till late, may heav'n reward thy care,
And make thee angel in a brighter sphere.