ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. William Dodd
M. S., "To the Memory of Dr. William Dodd" Hibernian Magazine 7 (July 1777) 504.
Rev. William Dodd:
1760: Horace Walpole
1761: William Woty
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
1764: A. Weekes
1769: Joseph Cockfield
1769: Alexander Carlyle
1773: G. B. H.
1774: Horace Walpole
1774: A. B.
1777: Elizabeth Montagu
1777: Samuel Johnson
1777: J. T.
1777: Thomas Hastings
1777: W. W.
1777: D. J.
1777: M. S.
1777: John Huddlestone Wynne
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1778: Charles Graham
1785: William Cowper
1791: James Boswell
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1806: Robert Southey
1807: Robert Southey
1809: Dr. Nathan Drake
1810: Alexander Chalmers
1813: George Colman the Younger
1815: Charles Lamb
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1842: C. H. Timperley
1777: Rev. William Dodd
1792: Elizabeth Sheridan
What mean those tears which flow from every eye?
Why grieve the just, what makes the righteous sigh?
Fair candour weeps and mildness droops her head,
And ev'ry virtue mourns that DODD is dead.
He's gone, alas! whose soul the sacred cell,
Where piety and wisdom lov'd to dwell:
He's gone, alas! whose hours no pleasure knew,
But what his mind from virtuous actions drew:
He's gone, alas! whose hand so often bore,
The gen'rous portion to the friendless poor;
He's gone, alas! the patron of distress,
The friend and father of the fatherless:
He's gone alas! — but O let pity here
Breathe the soft sigh and drop the gen'rous tear;
Let censure cease and henceforth fear to blame,
Nor scandal ever violate his fame;
But let this sentence claim a just pretence,
The best have err'd in more than one offence;
His was but one — one crime alas! was all;
This seal'd his doom and this assign'd his fall;
Yet such his virtues, in th' extreme we find
As render saints superior to their kind.