1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Humanicus, "On the late Dr. Dodd, executed for Forgery, June 27, 1777" St. James's Chronicle (19 July 1777).



Ye Kings! ye Statesmen! reverend Divines!
From one unlettered, read these humble Lines:
No shining Talents, no accomplish'd Art,
Will aught avail — if ye from Truth depart:
An honest Conduct more true Joy commands,
Than public Plaudits from ten thousand Hands.
Warn'd then by Dodd, be not too fond of Fame,
On stately Obelisks to fix your Name,
Lest soaring high, you leave the humble Road,
Which leads thro' Virtue up to Virtue's God.
This general Rule remains in Force to all,
Let us that stand — be cautious lest we fall.
Chatham, July 8.