1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Ralph

Charles Churchill, in The Conference (1763); Poetical Works of Charles Churchill, ed. William Took (1804) 1:344.



When I look backward for some fifty years,
And see protesting patriots turn'd to peers;
Hear men, most loose, for decency declaim,
And talk of character without a name;
See infidels assert the cause of God,
And meek divines wield persecution's rod;
See men transformed to brutes, and brutes to men,
See [Paul] Whitehead take a place, Ralph change his pen,
I mock the zeal, and deem the men in sport,
Who rail at ministers and curse a court.