1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Mr. Underwood, "Lines, inscribed on the Monument of Mr. Churchill, which was lately erected at Dover" London Chronicle (5 August 1769) 127.



The Rich and Great no sooner gone,
But strait, a Monumental Stone,
Inscrib'd with panegyric Lays,
Such fulsome — undeserved Praise,
The living blush! — The conscious dead
Themselves appall'd! — That Truth is fled,
And can it be, that Worth like thine,
"Thou great High Priest of all the Nine,"
Should moulder — undistinguish'd sleep?
At every Thought the Muses weep,
Forbid it Gratitude, and Love,
Oh, for a Flow! like his to prove
How much regretted! — "Honest Bard"
Accept, this Shadow of Regard.