Walter Churchey


Walter Churchey was an attorney who in 1771 began a correspondence with John Wesley. He sent his poems to William Cowper, who recommended publication, with disastrous results. in 1789 Churchey published a long letter in the Gentleman's Magazine defending the character of John Henderson, who had been Joseph Cottle's tutor. Cottle later published a humorous sketch describing Churchey as an impoverished and embittered poetaster.


1764Ode to Pity. Written at 17; in imitation of Collins.
1789An Epitaph, in the manner of Grey.
1789An Ode upon Odes; or, an Essay on Modern Pindarics: in imitation of Dryden's Alexander's Feast.
1789The Chamber of Death, in the manner of Spencer.
1804The Passions. An Ode for Music ... with considerable Additions.


Poems and imitations of the British poets. 1789.
Lines on the death of the Rev. John Wesley, M.A. 1791.
A remarkable scene, or open vision, actually seen near Hay, in Breconshire. 1795.
An elegy to the memory of William Cowper, Esq. 1800.
An essay on man: upon principles opposite to those of Lord Bolingbroke. 1804.
The Passions. An Ode for Music [Collins, with additions by Churchey]. 1804.
An apology, by W. Churchey, for his public appearance as a poet. 1805.