1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Gilbert West

Charles Churchill, in The Prophecy of Famine (1763) 11-12.



Backward I tread the paths I trod before,
And calm reflection hates what passion swore.
Converted, (blessed are the souls from true conversion flow,
Whether to reason, who now rules my breast,
Or to pure faith, like LYTTELTON and WEST)
Past crimes to expiate, be my present aim
To raise new trophies to the SCOTTISH name,
To make (what can the proudest Muse do more)
E'en faction's sons her brighter worth adore,
To make her glories, stamp'd with honest rhimes,
In fullest tide roll down to latest times.