ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Bp. Beilby Porteus
C. B., "Occasion'd by Peter Pindar's late Attack on the Bishop of London" The True Briton (25 December 1799).
Bp. Beilby Porteus:
1772: Bp. Thomas Percy
1773: Thomas Hastings
1774: James Beattie
1778: C. Car-n
1780: Elizabeth Montagu
1781: Hannah More
1781 ca.: William Cole
1787: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1788: Bp. Thomas Percy
1788: Thomas Twining
1798: Thomas James Mathias
1799: Dr. John Wolcot
1799: C. B.
1809: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1814: George Dyer
1818: Rev. William Beloe
1834: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1858: Cyrus Redding
1744: Alexander Pope
1749: Rev. William Mason
1787: Rev. Richard Polwhele
1799: Bp. Beilby Porteus
1806: Charlotte Smith
Presumptuous, foul Detractor, hence!
Fiend of envenom'd Impudence!
Hence to the Lake from whence thou'rt sprung,
And gnaw thy sacrilegious tongue!
But thou, great injur'd Prelate, hail!
Thee, weigh'd in Truth's unerring scale,
We see, with exultation high,
Perverted Falsehood's shafts defy;
Hear thee with Fervour's holy flame
The Gospel's saving sound proclaim;
And own thee, rang'd on Virtue's side,
The Church's Ornament and Pride.
Ah! vain indeed th' attempt to move
The fortress strengthen'd from above
The rock whose deep foundations brave
Malignant Envy's feeble wave.
Heav'n-born Religion lends to thee
Its adamantine panoply,
Which bright as with meridian blaze
Acts like the Sun's concentre'd rays,
And see, shrunk up his puny size,
The shrivell'd, worthless Insect dies.