1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, "Lines to C. Churchill" St. James's Chronicle (26 January 1764).



Few are the Bards, whatever Age we trace,
Who with true Genius have possess'd such Grace,
That as their Breasts with Freedom's Influence glow'd,
They ne'er a Wreath on wicked Power bestow'd.
Dryden, as Times revolv'd, for Cromwell strung
His Lyre, or now of Tyrant Stuarts sung;
Not thus o'eraw'd, O Churchill, wilt thou pay
To titled Guilt one prostituted Lay!
Free as young Love, thy honest Praise o'erflows,
But Knaves and Tyrants all are mark'd thy Foes:
Hence Dryden's Glory must to thine submit,
Who fail'd as PATRIOT, nor excell'd in Wit.