ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Charles Churchill
T. W., "On Mr. Churchill's Death" London Evening Post (24 November 1764).
Rev. Charles Churchill:
1762: An Old Westminster
1762: X. Y.
1762: A Friend
1763: Rev. Charles Churchill
1763: Samuel Johnson
1763: T. L
1763: George Colman
1763: Rev. John Langhorne
1763: Elizabeth Montagu
1763: Robert Lloyd
1763: Horace Walpole
1764: J. C-rr
1764: S. Sh-rs
1764: John Cunningham
1764: Thomas Gray
1764: Horace Walpole
1764: J. C.
1764: Jane Timbury
1764: T. C.
1764: Christopher Crabtree
1764: T. W.
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: James Beattie
1765: J. D.
1765: Edward Cooper
1765: Rev. Evan Lloyd
1765: J. D.
1766: W. J.
1769: Mr. Underwood
1780: Thomas Davies
1781: A Lady
1782: William Cowper
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1785: H. S.
1786: William Cowper
1788: Rev. William Mason
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1801: Thomas Clio Rickman
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1811: Anna Seward
1812: John Nichols
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Robert Southey
1816: Lord Byron
1817: John Chalk Claris
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1827: William Goodhugh
1830 ca.: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1834: Robert Aris Willmott
1835: Robert Southey
1845: John Wilson
1848: John Forster
1858: Cyrus Redding
1880: Edward John Payne
1882: Epes Sargent
1895: W. J. Courthope
1764: Rev. Charles Churchill
Farewell, great Bard — ye Sons of Science mourn,
And shed, with me, your Tears o'er Churchill's Urn:
Lament his Death — who, firm to Freedom's Cause,
Unshaken stood amidst the threat'ning Laws;
Whose gen'rous, friendly, all-commanding Soul
No venal Views could move, nor Fear controul;
Whose Pen, when Freedom call'd, was still prepar'd,
To vindicate her Rights — his chief Regard;
To lash with Satire keen the Tools of Pow'r,
Their base degen'rate Actions to explore;
Expose their Follies, drag to public Sight
Each dark Transaction they would hide from Light.
He e'er was faithful to those Friends he chose,
Nor knew what Malice was, e'en to his Foes;
Open to all; sincere without Disguise,
He boldly spoke, to censure, or despise;
Equally bold, of Vices to forewarn;
Fear he detested, Envy was his Scorn:
Virtue he honour'd — and in all his Lays
Gave to superior Merit, Merit's Praise.
His noble Soul disdain'd that wretched State,
That abject Life — Dependance on the Great—
Much worse than Bonds — to his high soaring Mind;
That (free by Nature) scorn'd to be confin'd;
Scorn'd to set forth, as righteous Acts, those Crimes
Which stand Examples to succeeding Times;
Scorn'd Vice to form in Virtue's specious Mould,
Or sell his native Liberty for Gold.
Churchill's no more — Ye Bards, preserve his Name,
High on the Records of poetic Fame,
Let that stand first, your various Lays to grace,
It well deserves the most exalted Place;
Equal to Dryden. — Thro' each nervous Page,
Admir'd, he'll live, to the most distant Age.