1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Kirke White

George Daniel, in The Modern Dunciad (1814; 1815) 64-65.



To WHITE'S cold turf a weeping pilgrim turn,
And crown with bays her GRAHAME'S hallow'd urn:
'Twas their's to shun the poet's flowery way,
Of them religion ask'd a nobler lay;
And well their lives it's sacred influence caught,
And justified the precepts which they taught.
Religion, meek, benevolent, refin'd,
Breathes universal love to all mankind;
And acting on this principle alone,
Weeps for another's sorrows as her own.
Soft is her voice, and humble are her ways;
Warm is her heart, and fervent is her praise;
Fair deeds of virtue all her hours employ,
She chides with meekness, and forgives with joy:
Happy the soul that feels the ray divine,
(A ray, which sainted PORTEUS beam'd in thine),
With conscious pleasure she reviews the past,
And confident in faith, awaits her last.