1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Richardson

Mr. Jackson of Dublin, "Lines written in Richardson's Clarissa" European Magazine 3 (June 1783) 473.



Immortal Richardson! in whom we find,
That perfect knowledge of the human mind;
That skill unerring, which explores the source
Of Reason's principle — of Passion's force;
In thy just mirror we our likeness view,
Whilst Truth, and Nature own the transcript true.
Much injur'd Fair! with saints and martyrs claim
An equal virtue, and an equal fame;
In life, in death, thy excellence display'd,
Their toils diminish, and their glories fade.—
Triumphant o'er temptation, peril, pain,
We view thee life's departing pangs sustain.
Meek Resignation fix'd on heav'n her eyes,
To sooth each anxious care, successful tries.—
Whilst Hope with bright anticipation cheers—
And Faith, divine Religion's strength, appears;
Crown thy last moments with serenest grace,
Th' auspicious surety of eternal peace.