1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Joseph Mawbey

B., "Tea-Table Conversation. Addressed to Sir Joseph Mawbey" Public Advertiser (30 July 1765).



Lord, Mawbey, how the Ladies talk!—
"Your Servant, Ma'am — I took a Walk,
So come quite uninvited;
But have you heard the News to Day?
The Ministry is chang'd, they say,
And Mr. Mawbey's knighted."

"Pray, Ma'am, be seated: — We'll have Tea:
Well, this indeed, is News to me;
Tho long I've thought it wou'd be;
Aye, maugre all politic Arts,
The King, you see, loves Men of Parts—
And so, in Truth, it should be.

"What work has been 'twixt In and Out!
But, Ma'am, pary how came this about?
Perhaps 'twas through the Ladies."
"Aye, like enough, for t' other Year,
When he put up for Member here—
He well knows how the Trade is."

"Indeed his Figure's quite genteel,
And Sense and Wit he has at will,
And loves the King and Nation:"—
"These are the Men, you know, my Dear,
To lend us help when Danger's near,"—
"A pretty Observation."

Thus prate the Fair: — And whilst your View
Is Britain's Welfare to pursue,
Too fix'd for Alteration;
While honour'd by the best of Kings,
Think on the Sex, as pow'rful things,
And keep their Approbation.

By other Candidates though prest,
They'll wear your Favours in their breast,
Your Int'rests sure protection.
"Th' alluring Bait's the Petticoat."
And that shall win you ev'ry Vote,
The very next Election.