1776 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bp. Richard Hurd

Ductor Dubitantium, "Tempora mutantur" St. James's Chronicle (16 April 1776).



When Hurd was a Whig in a thirsty old Caxon,
God's Voice in the Voice of the People was given:
Now Hurd is a Bishop, the People with Packs on
Were made by a King and a Priest to be driven.
America's Millions he votes to the Sword;—
But is it, like Gideon's,* the Sword of the Lord?

* Not Sir Sampson, but a Gideon mentioned in the Book of Judges.