accepted by both political parties; the Jacobite revolt of 1715 has proved a fiasco; the country has accepted the House of Hanover
and a government by party leadership of the House of Commons, and it does not care whether Sir Robert Walpole
buys a few rotten boroughs, so long as he maintains peace with Europe
and prosperity at home.
is weary of seventeenth century “enthusiasm,” weary of conflict, sick of idealism.
She has found in the accepted Whig principles a satisfactory compromise, a working theory of society, a modus vivendi
which nobody supposes is perfect but which will answer the prayer appointed to be read in all the churches, “Grant
us peace in our time, 0 Lord
The theories to which men gave their lives in the seventeenth century seem ghostly in their unreality; but the prize turnips on Sir Robert's Norfolk farm, and the wines in his cellar, and the offices at his disposal — these are very real indeed.
merchants are making money; the squire and the parson are tranquilly ruling the country parishes; the philosophy of John Locke
is everywhere triumphant.
is the poet of the hour, and his Essay on man
, counseling acceptance of our mortal situation, is considered to be the last word of human wisdom and of poetical elegance.