1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, "I Hear the Rev. Churchill's Praise" St. James's Chronicle (3 March 1763).



I hear the R—d Ch—ll's Praise,
Fam'd for the Ivy and the Bays;
I read his Heav'n inspired Rhymes,
That might adorn th' Apostles Times;
Where, meek and with a Christian Spirit,
He justly weighs each Devil's Factors,
Corrects the Actresses — and Actors.
Oh! to reform this wicked Age,
Make him A—b—p of the Stage,
That none presume to act again,
But those his Grace is pleas'd t' ordain;
So shall the Church in all excell,
And triumph o'er the Gates of Hell.