1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Charles Churchill, "Verses written in Windsor Park" Public Advertiser (12 August 1763).



When POPE to Satyre gave its lawful Way,
And made the Nimrods of Mankind his Prey;
When haughty WINDSOR heard thro' ev'ry Wood
Their Shame, who durst be great, yet not be good;
Who drunk with Pow'r, and with Ambition blind,
Slaves to themselves, and Monsters to Mankind,
Sinking the Man to magnify the Prince
Were heretofore what STUARTS have been since;
Could he have look'd into the Womb of Time,
How might his Spirit in prophetic Rhyme,
Inspir'd by Virtue, and for Freedom bold,
Matters of different Import have foretold!
How might his Muse, if any Muse's Tongue
Could equal such an Argument, have sung
One WILLIAM who makes all Mankind his Care,
And shines the Saviour of his Country there;
One WILLIAM who to every Heart gives Law;
The Son of GEORGE, the Image of Nassau.