To Lord Chancellor Eldon, Reccomending Mr. Bridges for a Living

RECOMMENDING M R. Bridges FOR A L IVING ,

I SAW the Virgin for the torch prepar'd,
I saw the love her vestel bosom shar'd.
Still by Minerva's maiden arts detain'd,
Nor yet in Hymen's golden fetters chain'd,
Penurious fortunes, to discretion join'd,
With trembling hopes her modest wishes bind.
There was a time when Love's impatient Boy
To thee could whisper notes of heedless joy;
But thine was Genius to Ambition born,
The surest pledge of Amalthea's horn.
Less bold and sanguine are the Lovers here,
For hope too modest, though disdaining fear.
To thee with homage due the Parents kneel,
To thee whose breast a Parent's love can feel, —
They want no lavish, no corrupting wealth,
But competence for blessings and for health;
Nor unprotected is the fervent plea —
The seal is virtue — the address to thee .
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