1745 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Anonymous, "Epigram" General Advertiser (19 September 1745).



Stanhope! thou Miracle design'd!
Of Fortune to the Worthy kind;
The fickle Goddess once is right,
And acts as if she got her sight;
A Leaden Line would less engage
Our Wonder in your polish'd Page,
Or when the Beggar makes his Moan,
To hear you haughty cry — begone;
To see a Spark of Pride appear,
For all the Dignities you wear;
Than to behold you rais'd so high,
By one that's blind of either Eye;
To see a Man of Wit and Merit
Her amplest Benefits inherit:
A mighty Miracle its thought,
To give the Blind to see,
But stranger far, the Blind has wrought
A Miracle on Thee.