1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Joseph Mawbey

Anonymous, "To Sir Joseph Mawbey, Bart. on the Defeat of his Enemies" Public Advertiser (18 March 1769).



Amidst our Bliss, thro' every Scene,
In this great Road of Life,
Envy and Malice step between
To mar the Joy with Strife.

But arm'd with Truth's eternal Shield,
We brave presumptuous Art;
And Falshood fails, compell'd to yield,
Before the virtuous Heart.

Thus Worms attract with spurious Light,
And cheat the vulgar Eye,
'Till Phaebus comes with Radiance bright,
And then unmark'd they lie.

So Mawbey, like the Sun's blest Ray,
That cheers each Plant and Flower;
Shall drive all envious Sparks away
That would usurp his Power.