1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

A. B., "To the Rev. Dr. Dodd" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (11 June 1774).



Alike in adverse, pros'rpous state,
The even mind is seen;—
You want not fortune to be great,
Your grandeur is within.

There sits benevolence in state,
All-anxious to bestow;
In pity soft'ning cruel fate,
Reducing stubborn woe.

This, bleeding virtue owns; yet breaths,
To fix, while all approve,
Firm on thy brow the sacred wreaths,
Of purity and love.

Then innocence shall lead thee forth,
Thy constant, dearest friend;—
Bright as in former days thy worth,
With time alone shall end.

Hence, foul deceit, away!
Haste from fair truth's effulgent ray,
To deepest, darkest night:
For lo! regardless of despotic pow'r,
That loves to bend the straitest flow'r,
She cheers to rectitude the heart, and fills it with delight.
June 9.