1754 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Nathaniel Weekes, in On the Abuse of Poetry, second Edition (1754) 13.



Fix'd to each Piece, what Reader does not see
The Duke of Nothing, or the Earl of C?
O! CHESTERFIELD! who envies not thy Fate!
Can Men of Sense be caught without a Bait?
To steal Regard, and make their Volumes pass,
Thy Name's an Artifice for each dull Ass.
Thou great Protector of the Poet's Laws!
True Stamp of Wit, and Sanction of Applause!
No Laurel triumphs but beneath thy Shade!
No Work immortaliz'd but by thy Aid!
Accept these Truths; nor think they flow from Art;
I scorn to flatter, tho' to win thy Heart.