Hymns for the Amusement of Children (1791)/Loveliness
Good-nature is thy sterling name,
Yet loveliness is English too;
Sweet disposition, whose bright aim,
Is to the mark of Jesus true.
5 I've seen thee in an homely face,
Excel by pulchritude of mind;
To ill-form'd features give a grace,
Serene, benevolent and kind.
'Tis when the spirit is so great,
10That it the body still controuls,
As godly inclinations meet,
In sweet society of souls.
It is that condescending air,
Where perfect willingness is plain,
15To smile assent, to join in pray'r,
And urg'd a mile to go it twain.
To grant at once the boon preferr'd,
By contrite foe, or needy friend;
To be obliging is the word,
20And God's good blessing is the end.
- 1—2. Cf.
"God of English pray'r and laud,
May good-nature speed at lenght..."
— Smart's Hymn XXI (St. James), lines 44—45; as well as
"Good-nature's an Englishman's merit
A title all Britons desire;
But We claim the name and the spirit,
From the corner stone up to spire".
— Smart's Song (A Mason is great and respected...), lines 8-11.
- 6. pulchritude — handsomeness instead in the ed. 1772a.
- 14, 16. See Jesus' words in the "Sermon on the Mount": "whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain" Matthew 5:41.