ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Francis Fawkes
, "To the Rev. Mr. Fawkes, on reading his Complete Family Bible" Bath Journal (14 December 1761) 198.
Rev. Francis Fawkes:
1745 ca.: Rev. William Dodd
1760 ca.: A. H. Junior
1761: Rev. William Rider
1771: William Woty
1777: J. C.
1785: William Cowper
1807: Robert Southey
1814: George Dyer
1824: George Dyer
1845: John Holland
1848: John Forster
1860: George Gilfillan
1922: Iolo Williams
Rev. William Rider:
1761: Rev. Francis Fawkes
1775: Matthew Prior
Sage Prophet, Seer, or whatever Name
Is grateful to the hollow of thine Ear;
Who climb it on Jacob's Ladder up to Fame,
And art to ev'ry Christian Bosom dear.
Whether with Kimchi Learning's Deeps you sound,
Or with Maimonides shall Truth explore,
Thy Lore still shines with Elegance profound,
And still the more we read, we praise the more.
Proceed, great Sage, nor let thy Task affright,
Tho' Glooms arise to interrupt thy View,
Thy heav'nly Guest shall say, "Let there be Light,"
And from thy Pisgah heav'nly Glories shew.
Whatever yet the lab'ring Sage hath known
In Virtue's Realms, or Faith's unnotic'd Land,
With nightly Study thou hast made thy own,
And dealt to others with a chearful Hand.
In vain the Sceptic with unhallow'd Doubt,
Shall strive to brand the sacred Page with Blame,
Thy Pen shall ev'ry envious Cavil rout,
And teach ev'n Babes to praise Jehovah's Name.
In vain the Classic boasts his learned Store,
Compar'd with Scripture, all his Lustre's dark;
So when Philistines Dagon rear'd of yore,
He mutilated * beneath the Ark.
Forgive me, whilst I thus pervert thy Time,
Thy Time devoted to the sacred Page:
Nor frowning deem my Gratitude a Crime,
Tho' all thy Life be spent to teach the Age.
St. Paul's School, Dec. 3, 1761.