1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, "To Mr. Churchill" St. James's Chronicle (12 February 1763).



Great Churchill's Sword to vanquish'd France gave Law,
His mighty Deeds admonish'd Europe saw;
Great Churchill's Pen, unequall'd shines in Story,
Fresh Laurels gaining, never-fading Glory:
Old Rome, in vain, her Satirists may boast,
Whose Fame in his superior Merit's lost.
Dire Scourge of Knaves and Fools, whate'er their Station,
He reaps a plenteous Harvest thro' the Nation.
Such Honour to the Name belongs, how fit!
The first supreme in Arms, the last in Wit.