1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

W. W., "On the melancholy Situation of a certain unfortunate Clergyman" Scots Magazine 39 (March 1777) 159-60.



Her awful sword, when sacred Justice rears
The sharpen'd point she moistens with her tears:
In wounds, — not death! — she places all her joy,
Her aim to punish only, — not destroy!
Justice and Mercy — twins by Nature giv'n,
That fear'd on earth, — but this belov'd in heav'n!
On the same pillow both recline to rest,
Asunder, wretched! — but together, blest!
Oh! may the prince, who's born a Briton's friend,
Self-judging, — his prerogative extend!
And if the Law should fatally prevail,
May he stern Justice weigh in Mercy's scale!
Leicestershire.