1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Thomas Hastings, in Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (11 June 1777).



Lo, CHARLOTTE bends to GEORGE'S throne,
Behold a solemn pause!
His heart melts at the dismal groan
Of him that broke his laws.

QUEEN.
Recall the grace so lately hung
Upon his fallen rev'rend tongue!

KING.
'Tis true he was but man!

QUEEN.
To him, this morn, a life restore!—
A life! — the mourner asks no more!

KING.
A life is but a span!

QUEEN.
O wipe the blot! erase the scroll!
And 'mong the living, DODD enroll.
O let his silver accents sound
Where'er the erring man is found.

KING.
Tho' Mercy courts his righteous deeds,
And CHARLOTTE for a Pris'ner pleads,
With all the Captives he hath freed,
And those who late from Virtue stray'd;
Yet justice has his death decreed!—
And must stern Justice be obey'd?

QUEEN.
Mercy with Justice sweetly twine;—
Thy people in their wishes join!
O save! O save a fallen DODD!
Thy Peoples' cry — the voice of GOD!

KING.
Ye Heralds bend your way
To yonder dismal cell;—
That Mercy to the many convey,
From him on thousands fell.—

'Tis done, and Seraphs all their harps attune;—
Their golden harps the restor'd captive chears;
And GEORGE'S fame shall last as long, as June
Shall add her glory to the rolling years.