1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. William Perfect

T. J. P., "Verses to William Perfect, M. D., of West-Malling, in Kent" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (25 October 1783).



With doubtful shifts, humanity, and art,
For conquest vie in Perfect's head and heart.
On his lov'd son Apollo did bestow
The healing pow'r — and words to soften woe
With sympathising eyes — a tender mind,
He views the frenzies of the human kind:
Reprieves the languid patient from the grave,
While pity soothes whom med'cine cannot save.
October 22, 1783.