ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On Lord Chesterfield, when Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland" London Magazine 19 (December 1750) 567.
1741: R. N. Esq.
1742: Alexander Pope
1746: T. B.
1746: Thomas Sheridan
1746: Henry Jones
1754: Nathaniel Weekes
1767: Michael Clancy
1770 ca.: Horace Walpole
1772: Soame Jenyns
1774: Samuel Johnson
1774: James Beattie
1774: Elizabeth Carter
1777: J. F.
1777: Elizabeth Carter
1779: Rev. Vicesimus Knox
1782: William Cowper
1783: Edmond Malone
1785: Thomas Clio Rickman
1787: Elizabeth Montagu
1790: Robert Burns
1804: Rev. William Tooke
1805: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Robert Southey
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1814: George Dyer
1814: Horace Twiss
1833: Thomas Babington Macaulay
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.