Royal Tunbridge Wells
in the summer to be met with at " The Wells." Indeed, his personal following was so considerable that when he was expected, the lodging-keepers, knowing that there would be an unusual demand for apartments, used to put up their prices. One year only did he remain in the town beyond his usual time, and then he was detained by illness, when he was nearly killed by the kindness of his subjects. It was on this occasion that one of his admirers published an appeal to Health, more distinguished for fervour than a sense of poetry.
TO RICHARD NASH, ESQ., ON HIS SICKNESS AT TUNBRIDGE
" Say, must the friend of human kind, Of most refin'd—of most diffusive mind; Must Nash himself beneath these ailments grieve ? He felt for all—he felt—but to relieve, To heal the sick—the wounded to restore, And bid desponding nature mourn no more. Thy quick'ning warmth, O let thy patron feel, Improve thy springs with double power to heal: Quick, hither, all-inspiring Health, repair, And save the gay—and wretched from despair; Thou only Esra's drooping sons can'st cheer, And stop the soft-ey'd virgin's trickling tear;