1 [STANHOPE] has gain'd one branch of fame,
2 To which, I'll prove, he has no claim.
3 Say they — "His favours he extends,
4 "Without regard to wealth, or friends:
5 "Of such disinterested spirit,
6 "Nothing prevails, with him, but merit;
7 "Nay, he'll dispense with merit too,
8 "When modest want can reach his view. "
9 Mere prejudice! 'tis plain to me,
10 No man takes sweeter bribes than he.
11 To clear this point from any doubt,
12 A parallel shall help me out.
13 The noble FULVIA spurns at gain:
14 Freely she heals her lover's pain:
15 But, surely, you'll allow me this,
16 That when she grants, she shares the bliss.
17 So STANHOPE, in each gen'rous action,
18 Reaps more than half the satisfaction.
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Title (in Source Edition): The EXCEPTION.
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