1751 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Wesley

Anonymous, "On the Thirtieth of January" Newcastle Gazette (6 February 1751).



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!