1801 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Thomas Clio Rickman, "At the Grave of Charles Churchill at Dover" European Magazine 39 (April 1801) 284.



While o'er thy grave, who hadst "the Muse of Fire,"
The Bard must envious, full of thought, recline;
Howe'er his eager wishes may aspire
To have endowments, varied, great, as THINE,
One firm resolve his beating breast shall form,
E'en if the sacred Nine should liberal be,
Ne'er to engage in Party's horrid storm,
Though even, CHURCHILL, he might rival THEE.
But vow to heav'n! that independance dear
And candour only, through his page should run;
Renouncing all the fine, to be sincere;
And shunning fame, if he must virtue shun.
So conscious rectitude his life shall know,
His breast alone with TRUTH and FREEDOM glow.