1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Charles Churchill, in The Author (1763) 16-17.



Bred to the Church, and for the gown decreed,
Ere it was known that I should learn to read;
Tho' that was nothing, for my Friends, who knew
What mighty Dullness of itself could do,
Never design'd me for a working Priest,
But hoped I should have been a DEAN at least;
Condemn'd (like many more and worthier men
To whom I pledge the service of my pen)
Condemn'd (whilst proud and pamper'd Sons of Lawn,
Cramm'd to the throat, in lazy plenty yawn)
In pomp of rev'rend begg'ry to appear,
To pray, and starve on forty pounds a-year;
My Friends, who never felt the galling load,
Lament that I forsook the Packhorse road,
Whilst Virtue to my conduct witness bears,
In throwing off that gown which FRANCIS wears.