1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Joseph Mawbey

Anonymous, "On the Birth of a Son and Heir to Sir Joseph Mawbey, Bart." Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (28 June 1773).



If sacred worth demands Britannia's care,
Britons rejoice, your Mawbey has an heir!
An heir, who claims the friendly tribute due
From every grateful soul — at least, from you.
He comes to glory in a patriot's name,
To rise a Phoenix from a patriot's flame;
To guard his country, to defend her laws,
And plead for ev'ry man distrest, a cause.—
May Jove befriend him with a god-like heart,
May Pallas shield him with her heav'nly art;
May Love's soft Monarch lend him power to please;
May gentle Hebe crown with youth his days;
May sweet contentment on his slumbers wait;
And, above all — may Virtue make him great!
June 25, 1773.