1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Anonymous, "Epitaph on Dr. Dodd" General Evening Post (28 June 1777).



Here sleeps, inurn'd, the minister to woe,
That taught the heart to feel — the eye to flow;
From whom distress ne'er came with bosom griev'd,
Whose tongue persuaded, and whose hand reliev'd;
What eye, unbloated, could observe his fall—
Just — where he could — benevolent to all.
Here cease enquiry — blessing made him blest;
Let pity veil the page that speaks the rest.