1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Dodd

Charles Churchill, in The Times (1764); Poetical Works of Charles Churchill, ed. William Tooke (1804) 2:319-20.



A maidenhead, which, twenty years ago,
In mid December, the rank fly would blow
Though closely kept, now, when the Dog-star's heat
Inflames the marrow, in the very street
May lie untouch'd, left for the worms, by those
Who daintily pass by, and hold their nose,
Poor, plain Concupiscence is in disgrace,
And simple Lech'ry dares not shew her face,
Lest she be sent to bridewell; bankrupts made,
To save their fortunes, bawds leave off their trade,
Which first had left off them; to Wellclose square
Fine, fresh young strumpets (for Dodd preaches there)
Throng for subsistence: pimps no longer thrive,
And pensions only keep L— alive.