1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, "Epigram" Court Magazine 1 (March 1763) 145.



To Churchill the bard, cries the W—r dean,
Leathern breaches! white stockings! pray what do you mean?
'Tis shameful, irrev'rent — You must keep to church-rules.
—If wise ones, I will — and if not, they're for fools:
If reason don't bind me, I'll shake off all fetters;
To be "black and all black" I shall leave to my betters.