1734 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Anonymous, "Spoke by a young Gentleman at the last Election in Westminster School" Weekly Miscellany (31 August 1734).



It chanc'd, as Dorset past a Tavern Door,
A Drawer Boy was turning Horace o'er;
Mean was his Aspect, but his Mind was fair;
His Love of Learning great, his Genius rare.
Well-pleas'd, the Earl discern'd his sprightly Sense,
And took, and rear'd him at his own Expence:
Nor did th' Event his gen'rous Hopes destroy,
He found a Prior in his Tavern Boy.
'Twas still the Glory of the Sacville Name;
To lend the Ingenious Aid, the Learned, Fame;
The Low, the well-deserving Low, to raise,
And call forth modest Virtue into Praise.
Heav'n in each Sacville a Mecenas gives,
And Worth shall flourish, while a Sacville lives.