ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Sir William Cavendish
, "Of a worthy Nobleman: or, William Duke of Newcastle" Epigrams of all Sorts (1670) 34.
Sir William Cavendish:
1635 ca.: Ben Jonson
1670: Richard Flecknoe
1793: Isaac D'Israeli
1800: Edmond Malone
1670: Sir William Cavendish
1670: Abraham Cowley
1670: Sir William Davenant
1670: John Dryden
1670: Edward Howard
1673: Edmund Waller
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.