1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, "On the late celebrated Mr. Charles Churchill" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (3 July 1772).



Sweet were the notes once Churchill sung,
Sweet flow'd the accents from his tongue!
Each future bard shall o'er his bier
Drop the sad sympathising tear;
And with too just a cause deplore,
Genius and Virtue are no more.
A Wilkes shall sharper sorrows own;
To him were all his virtues known.
How much he shone in every part;
How clear his head, how good his heart;
How much he sacred Freedom priz'd;
The venal slave how much despis'd!
He has his wish, the laurel's shade
Blooms round his tomb, and ne'er shall fade;
But with his works for ever live,
And Britons due applauses give.