1750 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

Anonymous, "On the Honourable George Lyttelton and Gilbert West, Esqrs." Gentleman's Magazine 20 (November 1750) 519-20.



Of either sex, and every sphere,
How fondly mortals still revere
That lewd enchantress gold!
She bids the wanton seem divine,
Prudes and coquets their airs resign,
And makes the bashful bold.

The brightest beauty, brightest wit,
To her superior sway submit:
With her unrival'd charms.
Old Mammon's bride fair Flora shines,
Delia that sparkling soul resigns
To a rich dotard's arms.

Who once, and with deserv'd applause,
The senate shook in freedom's cause,
And call'd corruption base,
Their tongues how dutifully still,
Proceed corruptors as they will,
When reach'd the wanted place!

The bard that, in some distant age,
Hangs studious o'er historic page,
Shall say, and smite his breast,
"In Britain's most degenerate times,
Unspotted with her crimson crimes
Stood Lyttelton and West."