Jacob Rees-Mogg Smiling

To Jacob Rees-Mogg

Jacob of England, champion of good grace,
Type of your noble nation’s noblest charms,
With peerless wit, your gallantry disarms
The self-made masters of the human race.

Vox populi, of wide and warm embrace,
From marbled cities to the moss-clad farms,
Though fools and traitors raise their false alarms
And multiply their ill designs apace.

May you, who keep the faith of ancient times,
When sweeter manners brought forth sweeter laws
And finer forms of courtesy held sway,

Receive these laurels gilded by my rhymes,
The measured witness of the world’s applause
And worthy usage of a distant day.

Winner of the 2020 Society of Classical Poets Competition (America's highest honor in classical verse), Joseph Charles MacKenzie is a traditional lyric poet of New Mexico. He is also the only American to have won the Scottish International Poetry Competition (see: Times Literary Supplement, Jan 27, 2017). A Pushcart Prize nominee, MacKenzie's verses have appeared in The New York Times, The Scotsman (Edinburgh), The Independent (London), The Telegraph (London), and many other venues. He wirtes primarily for Trinacria (New York) and the Society of Classical Poets (New York).


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