1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

Anonymous, "Verses on reading Dr. Beattie's Essay on Truth" Gentleman's Magazine 45 (April 1775) 194.



No more shall Falshood, in the fair disguise
Of sacred Truth, delude unwary eyes,
Since Beattie, by asserting Nature's laws,
A friend to Truth, hath listed in her cause;
And that she might assert her settled claim,
Here stampt the just criterion on her name.
Learn hence, ye sceptics, sunk in darkest night,
To tread where Science beams her heav'nly light;
Quit the deluding path for Nature's road,
And know the duty that you owe your God.