1745 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Anonymous, "The Fogs of Ireland, clear'd up" Gentleman's Magazine 15 (October 1745) 553.



Ye bards, who paint Ireland in vapours and fogs,
Give me leave to acquaint you, I think you sad dogs,
For by clear-sighted judges I hold it allow'd,
That our isle, at the worst, is but under a cloud.
But in spite of our stars (and with pleasure I tell it)
Now Chesterfield shines a bright SUN to dispel it.