1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

A Friend, "The Poet turn'd Politician" St. James's Chronicle (26 August 1762).



What, CHURCHILL, wilt thou leave the Flow'r-strewn Tracks
The Muses to their Sons disclose,
To toil through miry Roads with Hireling Hacks,
In Party, Politicks, and Prose?

Unprejudic'd and free, thy nobler Mind
Should look with Scorn on meaner Things:
Leave to the Dull, the Selfish, and the Blind,
To guide our Ministers, and Kings!