George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton

British politician

George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton (January 17 1709August 24 1773), known as Sir George Lyttelton, Baronet between 1751 and 1756, was a British politician and statesman and a patron of the arts.



Poetical Works (1801)

The Poetical Works of George, Lord Lyttleton (London: Cadell and Davies, 1801)
  • Where none admire, 'tis useless to excel;
    Where none are beaux, 'tis vain to be a belle.
    • "Soliloquy of a Beauty in the Country. Written at Eton College", line 11, p. 4.
  • Women, like princes, find few real friends.
    • "Advice to a Lady. 1732", line 10, p. 56
  • What is your sex's earliest, latest care,
    Your heart's supreme ambition?—To be fair.
    • "Advice to a Lady. 1732", line 17, p. 57.
  • The lover in the husband may be lost.
    • "Advice to a Lady. 1732", line 112, p. 61.
  • Alas! by some degree of woe
    We every bliss must gain:
    The heart can ne'er a transport know,
    That never feels a pain.
    • "Song. Written in the Year 1732", line 9, p. 75.
  • None without hope e'er lov'd the brightest fair:
    But Love can hope, where Reason would despair.
    • "Epigram", line 1, p. 77.
  • How much the wife is dearer than the bride.
    • "An Irregular Ode. Written at Wickham in 1846. To Miss Lucy Fortescue", line 34, p. 88.
  • For his chaste Muse employ'd her heaven-taught lyre
    None but the noblest passions to inspire,
    Not one immoral, one corrupted thought,
    One line which, dying, he could wish to blot.
    • "Prologue to Thomson's Coriolanus", line 21, p. 141.