1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Anonymous, "On Lord Chesterfield, when Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland" London Magazine 19 (December 1750) 567.



Stanhope has gain'd one branch of fame,
To which I'll prove he has no claim.
Say they, — "His favours he extends,
Without regard to wealth or friends:
Of such disinterested spirit,
Nothing prevails with him but merit.
Nay, he'll dispense with merit too,
When modest want can reach his view."

Mere prejudice! 'tis plain to me,
No man takes sweeter bribes than he.
To clear this point from any doubt,
A parallel shall help me out.

The noble Fulvia spurns at gain;
Freely she heals her lover's pain:
But surely you'll allow me this,
That, when she grants, she shares the bliss.

So Stanhope, in each generous action,
Reaps more than half the satisfaction.