1670 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Cavendish

Richard Flecknoe, "Of a worthy Nobleman: or, William Duke of Newcastle" Epigrams of all Sorts (1670) 34.



But now behold a Nobleman indeed,
Such as w' admire in story when we read;
Who dares not proudly look that you shud doff
Your hat, and make a reverence twelvescore of;
Nor takes exceptions, if at every word
You call him not his Grace, or else my Lord:
But does appear a hundred times more great
By his neglect of't, than by keeping state.
He knows Civility and Curtesie,
Are chiefest signes of true Nobility;
And that which gains them truest honourers,
Is their own Vertues, not their Ancesters.
By which through all degrees that he has past,
Of Viscount, Earl, Marquise, and Duke at last,
H'as always gain'd the general esteem
Of honouring those, more than they honour'd him.