1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Joseph Mawbey

S. B., "On reading the Scandal lately bestowed on Sir Joseph Mawbey, Bart." Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (7 October 1772).



MAWBEY! 'tis not the venal pen,
Or frowns of ministerial men,
Can thy repose controul;
Not all Administration's train
Of scribblers, scurrilous ad vain,
Affect the free-born soul.

Bad is the cause that needs such aid—
Corruption, of the light affraid,
By instinct loves the dark;
But Virtue, glorious as the beam
That gilds the morn, shall prove supreme,
And malice miss her mark.

Now wake, ye Britons, rouze, for shame!
Hold sacred ev'ry patriot's name;
'Tis god-like to be free:
Born to retrieve a sinking land,
Still to thy motto, MAWBEY, stand
"ALWAYS FOR LIBERTY."