1761 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Anonymous, "To the Author of a Poem, call'd the Rosciad" Public Ledger 2 (9 April 1761) 337.



The R—d Bard humanely has decreed;—
He writes — and the whole acting-race must bleed;
A total carnage waits on his commands,
(And G— reigns o'er desolated lands)
His fulminations all are orthodox,
He deals, sans fear, his apostolic knocks,
Attacks an whole profession at a stroke,
Content and laughing at the murd'ring joke;
From numbers wantonly the bread he steals,
And unconcern'dly interdicts their meals:

Thrice charitable P—st and Bard! proceed,
Down the town's throat cram thy good-natur'd Creed;
And may such mercy as you deal out here
Be the last comfort to your dying ear.