1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Joseph Mawbey

Anonymous, "Nisi-Prius Poetry" Gentleman's Magazine 42 (August 1772) 383.



KING ag, MAWBEY.
The monarch Joseph, in distress of grain,
Produc'd full barns on Egypt's fertile plain,
With equal prudence stretch'd his healing hand,
And dealt out plenty to a starving land.
To patriot Joseph other ways seem meet
(The sons of Liberty should never eat);
Wheat from his barns no famish'd poor can merit,
That he converts to patriotic spirit,
And* thirty quarters, sav'd with thrifty care,
Serve for a breakfast to his darling heir.
Gods! how prodigious the young patriot's swallow!
Wonders, no doubt, such wond'rous meals will follow.

* This alludes to the deposition of a constable, to whim Sir J. declared his having such a quantity was merely for the accommodation of his brother, himself, and his child, whom he was training by hand, and did not chuse should eat the allum'd bread of the bakers.