1789 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Lord Chesterfield

Anonymous, "On Chesterfield's Letters" Massachusetts Magazine or Monthly Museum 1 (February 1789) 119.



If judgment, wit, and knowledge of mankind;
A polish'd style, and manners most refin'd,
Can make a letter, or a man complete,
All these in Chesterfield united meet:
But if an upright heart, religious truth,
Morals and honour, form the perfect youth,
From purer lights catch thou the guiding ray,
And spurn the courtier, and his book away.