1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Joseph Mawbey

Anonymous, in "Irregular Ode: Tunbridge" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (14 September 1787).



Sir Joseph Mawbey lonely stalks,
With solemn air, along the walks;
'Tis said, when he did court the Muse,
(Not true, it is a rank abuse)
He sung ('twas in his younger day)
The following caution giving lay:
"Then Ladies of your hearts beware,
Sir Joseph's FALSE as he is fair."
Now fair no more,
Must we deplore
That all his charms are fled,
His vices sped,
All seems now blended in a vacant stare.