1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Wesley

Anonymous, "In Memory of John Wesley. A Parody" Morning Chronicle (7 April 1791).



Ye Muses, pour the pitying tear
For WESLEY snatch'd away;
For had he liv'd another year,
—He had not dy'd to-day.

Had he been born to bless mankind,
In virtuous times of yore;
E'en saints had fallen far behind,
—Whene'er he went before.

How sad does Tottenham-Court appear,
And Tabernacle sheep!
E'en mad Moorfields would drop a tear,
—Could they be taught to weep.

His bounty in exalted strain,
Each Preacher may display,
Since none implor'd relief in vain,
—That went reliev'd away.

And hark! I hear the holy throng
His obsequies forbid,—
"He still shall live, shall live" — as long
—As ever dead man did.

Then pull your fingers from your eyes,
Ye Saints and Sinners too;
Swear not that he was good or wise,
—He'll not say so of you.