1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

George Colman, in "The Cobler of Cripplegate's Letter to Robert Lloyd" St. James's Magazine 2 (April 1763) 114.



If I make free, tho' he's your friend,
And sure we cannot want excuse,
When CHURCHILL'S nam'd, for smart abuse—
CHURCHILL! who ever loves to raise
On slander's dung his mushroom bays:
The priest, I grant, has something clever,
A something, that will last for ever.
Let him, in part, be made your pattern,
Whose muse, now queen, and now a slattern,
Trick'd out in ROSCIAD rules the roast,
Turns trapes and trollop in the GHOST,
By turns both tickles us, and warms,
And, drunk or sober, has her charms.