1769 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

Dargo, "Epitaph for the late Mr. Charles Churchill, buried at Dover in Kent" St. James's Chronicle (26 August 1769).



Here, when his conqu'ring Bands proud Julius led,
In Freedom's Cause the first-fam'd Britons bled;
Here, on this sacred Spot, O last and best
Of Patriot Bards! thy kindred Ashes rest:
'Twas thine, with all our antient Druids Fire,
To wake the long-neglected British Lyre:
'Twas thine, with native Energy of Heart,
To charm beyond the nerveless Rules of Art.
Genius and Truth, and Freedom's holy Flame;
These, these immortalize a Churchill's Name;
And green the Laurel o'er his Tomb appears,
Whose Leaves are water'd by a Nation's Tears.