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To the Right Honourable William Clayton, Esq (now Lord Sundon) on his being Elected Representative in Parliament for Westminster without Opposition.

1 TO You, great Steward of the public Trust,
2 True to your King, and to your Country just!
3 No venal Bard his joyful Tribute brings,
4 Nor Envy sure can censure what he sings;
5 Since each impartial Tongue your Praise declares,
6 The Muse but echoes, what the Poet hears.
7 SOME, by their Birth, to Senates lay their Claim,
8 Whose Folly shames the Seat, which honours them:
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9 But You, whose Merits mov'd the People's Voice,
10 Unanimous, to make so wise a Choice,
11 With solid Sense, and prudent Conduct shew,
12 You grace the Senate, not the Senate You.
13 Where, in the List of Patriots, could we find
14 A sounder Judgment, a sincerer Mind?
15 Or where a juster Hand, to poise the Scale
16 Of Kings Prerogative, and Public Weal?
17 Nor this you strive to sink, nor that extend;
18 Bigot to neither Side, to both a Friend.
19 So flow the Spirits thro' our vital Frame;
20 Nor yet this Member chill, nor that inflame.
21 TRUE to your Principles, you never stray
22 From Public Good, tho' Int'rest lead the Way:
23 For Public Good you still employ your Tongue;
24 And, rather than commit, you suffer Wrong.
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25 When South sea
* 1720.
Waves o'erflow'd the British Plain,
26 And Members barter'd Honesty for Gain;
27 No Gain, no Place, nor Profit could controul
28 The stubborn Virtue of your steady Soul:
29 You firm to Honour, Truth, and Conscience stood,
30 Unfashionably just, and obstinately good.
31 BUT why should I in feeble Numbers tell
32 Those Virtues, which your Actions paint so well?
33 For all the Actions of your Life proclaim
34 A Subject's loyal Love, a Patriot's Fame.
35 Your Care to keep the People's Int'rest sure,
36 Your Zeal to guard the Prince's Crown secure,
37 Make Prince and People both espouse your Cause;
38 Witness their latest Choice, and loud Applause;
39 When crowded Streets with Acclamations rung,
40 And CLAYTON's Praises dwelt on ev'ry Tongue;
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41 Parties themselves agreed your Worth to boast,
42 Or differ'd only, who should praise it most;
43 While tim'rous Candidates the Test declin'd,
44 And, to your nobler Brow, the Palm resign'd:
45 So fly the Stars before the rising Sun;
46 And, from his brighter Beams withdraw their own.

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Title (in Source Edition): To the Right Honourable William Clayton, Esq (now Lord Sundon) on his being Elected Representative in Parliament for Westminster without Opposition.
Author: Stephen Duck
Themes: politics; virtue
Genres: heroic couplet; occasional poem; address

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Poems on several occasions: By Stephen Duck. London: printed for the author, 1736, pp. 197-200. xl,334,[2]p. ; 4⁰. (ESTC T90234; OTA K073280.000)

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