1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

George Colman the Younger, in Vagaries Vindicated (1813) 32-33.



The Cheat! — and are there such? — Strange things, alas!
Have, among the Holy Shepherds, come to pass!
Some, to the Wolf abandoning their Flocks,
Have broke their necks by following the Fox;
Some have admir'd, as sundry folks opine,
Their Patrons' Tables, Moses! more than thine;
Others — but, oh, Reviewer! groan and pray!
The Reverend Doctor D—dd was hang'd, one day!
He only forged; for MURDER H—ckm—n died,
But strove to chouse Jack Ketch, by SUICIDE.
Wretched Divines! whose Office 'twas to jog
Our memories to obey the Decalogue;—
The veriest Urchin, old enough to look
Into a Writing-Master's Copy-Book,
Teaching these Teachers, might have quoted, then,
"Command your Passions," and — "Command your Pen."