Oct.15th. [most of the text of the rest of this entry is from The Gentleman's Magazine Volume 7 August 1737, although some of the spelling, punctuation and spacing are WB's sw] No man maintains a greater sense of the decency due to the established Religion of a Countrey than I do, & I hope I shall not be imagined guilty of an offence against it, if, while a controversy is depending concerning the correction of the Liturgy, I beg leave in the following Version of the Prayer for the Bishops & the Clergy, to point out That, as unhappily expressed & wanting correction.
Oh God Omnipotent, whose power alone
Has to the World the greatest Wonders shown;
Here at thy feet thy Servants Suppliant fall,
And ask a Greater Wonder than them all:
On Priests & Bishops healthfull Grace bestow
That they may please thee, who displease thee now
The Next is the Black-Bird's complaint, address'd to her Apologist who compared her to a Parson.
Hold, hold! apologiseing friend,
Push not the Jest too far;
My right you very well defend,
But yet my honour marr
What! Dub me Parson! who can bear it?
’tis true, the whim is merry;
But do I take a Tenth, or near it,
From the ripe tempting Cherry?
Of all the fruitage, few I like,
So modest's Nature's Call!
Nor as those greedy Harpies strike
who take the Tythe of all.
A Morsel, when my inside yearns,
Kind Providence supplies;
But they, distrustfull! will have Barns
Mark the Enormous Size?