1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Mackenzie

Hannah More, in "Sensibility" Sacred Dramas (1782) 284-85.



There are, who fill with brilliant plaints the page,
If a poor linnet meet the gunner's rage:
There are, who for a dying fawn display
The tend'rest anguish in the sweetest lay;
Who for a wounded animal deplore,
As if friend, parent, country were no more;
Who boast quick rapture trembling in their eye,
If from the spider's share they save a fly;
Whose well-sung sorrows every breast inflame,
And break all hearts but his from whom they came:
Yet, scorning life's dull duties to attend,
Will persecute a wife, or wrong a friend;
Alive to every woe by fiction dress'd;
The innocent he wrong'd, the wretch distress'd,
May plead in vain; their suff'rings come not near,
Or he relieves them cheaply with a tear.
Not so the tender moralist of Tweed;
His Man of Feeling, is a man indeed.