1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Horatia, "Epigram, on a late Event" Newcastle Chronicle (1 December 1764).



As Virtue and Satyr were walking alone,
Each musing on Churchill, and charm'd with his song;
Pert Vice, and gay Folly, by chance cross'd the way,
And ask'd, "If they'd heard the great news of the day?"
Of what, said each goddess; the gypsies reply'd,
Your champion hath laid his keen weapons aside,
Yes now all our sons (we declare to your faces)
Again shall shine forth with their Lords, and their Graces;
For where is the muse, or the lash they need dread,
Since Young is quite silent, and Churchill is dead.
Sunderland, Nov. 17th 1764.