1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Combe

H. M., "Verses addressed to the Author of The Justification" General Evening Post (20 December 1777).



Have done, my bard, no more rehearse,
In all the bitterness of verse,
The faults of human kind:
To higher themes your genius raise,
Applaud the good, the worthy praise,
And leave the bad behind.

I hate the world as well as you,
And know how few, how very few
Can act the honest part:
Yet some, bred up in Virtue's school,
Ne'er wander from her golden rule,
And own the gen'rous heart.

Whene'er you find uncommon worth,
Whether in mean or noble birth,
Exalt the honour'd name:
Lur'd by your verdant wreath of praise,
Vice may forsake her foolish ways,
And ask an honest fame.