1777 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Philo-Hunter, "On being told that the Rev. Mr. Hunter, the Writer of Critical and Moral Reflections on Lord Chesterfield's Letters, is blind" Public Register (13 June 1777).



Blind, did you say? — It cannot be;
For none can more accurately see,
Or trace with Penetration nice,
Hoar Chesterfield's insidious Vice.

True Friend of Youth, true Friend of Man,
Pursue with Zeal your generous Plan;
The selfish Hypocrite display,
And drag him to the open Day!

The Pander-Sire, a Monster born!
Hold up to universal Scorn;
Truth's Lightning flash, and blast the Page,
That wou'd corrupt the chastest Age;
Which stigmatizes Honour's Name,
And STANHOPE damns to endless Shame!
Kent, June 5.