1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, in A Crust for the Critics (1762) 13.



These tasteless Critics, lost to all Regard,
Despis'd shall scribble for corrupt Reward.
Unheeded puff their Fustian thro' the Town,
And yelp and bark at COLMAN'S just Renown.
At tuneful LLOYD the snarling Puppies sprung;
But while they yowl'd, ye Gods! how sweet he sung!
Lo! CHURCHILL comes, with his victorious Lance,
Like many a Hero fam'd in old Romance,
From Violation saves his Captive Muse,
And Gibbets ev'ry Giant of Reviews.