ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. John Wesley
Anonymous, "On the Thirtieth of January" Newcastle Gazette (6 February 1751).
Rev. John Wesley:
1766: Horace Walpole
1778: Charles Graham
1791: William Hamilton Reid
1798 ca.: William Cowper
1805: Rev. Henry John Todd
1819: Sir Walter Scott
1820: Robert Southey
1820: Bp. Reginald Heber
1820: A Lady
1882: Epes Sargent
On both Extremes our erring Fathers stray'd;
Those impious Wit, These cred'lous Folly sway'd.
The temp'rate Gospel-Path was trod by Few;
But ranc'rous Hate with jarring Notions grew.
The Mask of pure Design each Party wore,
Yet no Man spar'd an Inj'ry, no Man bore.
Such were the Times that tore our Common-weal,
Whence Discord sprung, and Broils, and hostile Rage,
Till ROYAL BLOOD distain'd the publick Stage:
Our fertile Fields were all ensanguin'd o'er;
Nor Law, nor sacred Right existed more.—
Ne'er may again such Scenes our Isle deform,
Tho' Factions still foment the Civil Storm!
Tho' TINDAL'S Sons and WESTLEY'S should increase,
May CHARITY prevail, the Band of Peace!