1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King of Oxford

Charles Churchill, in The Candidate (1764); Poetical Works of Charles Churchill, ed. William Tooke (1804) 2:263.



From these deep shades, where vanity, unknown
Doth penance for her pride, and pines alone,
Cursed in herself, by her own thoughts undone,
Where she, no longer, mistress of the schools,
Hears praise loud pealing from the mouths of fools,
Or hears it at a distance, in despair
To join the crowd, and put in for a share,
Twisting each thought a thousand diff'rent ways,
For his new friends new-modelling old praise;
Where frugal sense so very fine is spun,
It serves twelve hours, though not enough for one,
King shall arise, and, bursting from the dead,
Shall hurl his piebald Latin at thy head.