1773 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Joseph Mawbey

Anti-Atheist, "Stanzas addressed to Sir Joseph Mawbey, Bart. Member of Parliament for the Borough of Southwark" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (1 July 1773).



Mawbey, the virtuous patriot mind,
Capacious, noble, unconfin'd,
Repels the venom'd shafts with scorn,
Of Cocking George, or atheist H—e.

The scandal teeming from the press,
An Imprimatur might redress,
But when that fatal day we see,
Adieu to dear-bought Liberty!

That great Palladium of our rights,
In which Britannia's self delights,
For ever sacred may it stand,
The bulwark of this injur'd land!

Shall Britons glorious, great, and free,
Forget their native dignity,
And change, to amity averse,
The greatest blessing to a curse?

Curse on th' apostate's pen and heart,
Who once alert on Freedom's part,
Now, Judas-like, for venal ends,
Wou'd sep'rate all her dearest friends!

But, Mawbey, tho' a little while,
Corruption may o'er-cloud the isle,
Soon shall th' enslaving band give way,
And Patriotism win the day.