1745 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Anonymous, "To Master J. B., on the Lord Lieutenant's making him an Ensign" Dublin Journal (19 November 1745).



Thrice happy Youth! whom lucky Stars attend;
Thy Fortune's made — for STANHOPE is thy Friend;
STANHOPE, th' unerring Judge of virtuous Hearts,
Whose Notice stamps true Merit on thy Parts,
Has call'd thee Forth, amidst War's dire Alarms,
In thy dear Country's Cause to take up Arms.
Lay then thy Horace by, and gladly see,
GEORGE thy Augustus, thy Maecenas He.
Salust has shewn you how in Arms to shine;
Think e'vry Rebel Scot, a Cataline.
Fair Fame pursue; yet still, when in your Pow'r,
To Books, and Study, spare a leisure Hour:
So may in time, to your great Patron's Praise,
Your Sword the Lawrel gain, your Wit the Bays.