ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. William Dodd
Anonymous, in A Tear of Gratitude, to the Memory of the unfortunate Dr. Dodd. A Poem; London Chronicle (5 August 1777) 121.
Rev. William Dodd:
1760: Horace Walpole
1761: William Woty
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1764: A. Weekes
1769: Joseph Cockfield
1769: Alexander Carlyle
1773: G. B. H.
1774: Horace Walpole
1774: A. B.
1777: Elizabeth Montagu
1777: Samuel Johnson
1777: J. T.
1777: Thomas Hastings
1777: W. W.
1777: D. J.
1777: M. S.
1777: John Huddlestone Wynne
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1778: Charles Graham
1785: William Cowper
1791: James Boswell
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Robert Southey
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1810: Alexander Chalmers
1813: George Colman the Younger
1815: Charles Lamb
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1842: C. H. Timperley
Pamper'd with ease, elated with success
Too high he soar'd; O had he never soar'd
From virtue's sight, nor dazzled by the glare,
Deceitful glare, of luxury and shew;
Sinn'd "'gainst his better knowledge, not deceiv'd!"
E'er now perhaps possess'd of all he sought,
Of ev'ry wish possess'd, he bright had shone
The church's glory and the people's pride.
But, sad reverse! beyond the bounds emerg'd
Of careful prudence, plung'd beneath the wave
Of heedless dissipation and expence;
In one sad hour (O deed for ever mourn'd)
He drew the fatal bond — the bond of death!
Where were ye then ye guardian spirits,
Ye tutelary pow'rs that shield the just?
Ah just no more! from God and truth estrang'd
The hapless preacher fell! Almighty wrath
To a revolted heart consign'd him o'er,
From God revolted and his righteous ways.
For when, enslav'd by luxury, vain man
Forgets the source of ev'ry bliss enjoy'd,
And thwarts his will, whose laws are freedom's voice,
What wonder then, if Providence incens'd,
Leave the misguided wretch to search for good;
Vainly to search amidst the pathless tracts
Of human wisdom, and resign him o'er
To his own heart a prey, left in his turn,
Left by that guide he slighted, left by God!