ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Rev. Charles Churchill
A Lady, "Elegy on Churchill" Aurora and Universal Advertiser (13 February 1781).
Rev. Charles Churchill:
1762: An Old Westminster
1762: X. Y.
1762: A Friend
1763: Rev. Charles Churchill
1763: Samuel Johnson
1763: T. L
1763: George Colman
1763: Rev. John Langhorne
1763: Elizabeth Montagu
1763: Robert Lloyd
1763: Horace Walpole
1764: J. C-rr
1764: S. Sh-rs
1764: John Cunningham
1764: Thomas Gray
1764: Horace Walpole
1764: J. C.
1764: Jane Timbury
1764: T. C.
1764: Christopher Crabtree
1764: T. W.
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: James Beattie
1765: J. D.
1765: Edward Cooper
1765: Rev. Evan Lloyd
1765: J. D.
1766: W. J.
1769: Mr. Underwood
1780: Thomas Davies
1781: A Lady
1782: William Cowper
1782: Rev. Joseph Warton
1785: H. S.
1786: William Cowper
1788: Rev. William Mason
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1801: Thomas Clio Rickman
1808: Sir Walter Scott
1811: Anna Seward
1812: John Nichols
1812: Charles Caleb Colton
1814: Robert Southey
1816: Lord Byron
1817: John Chalk Claris
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1827: William Goodhugh
1830 ca.: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1834: Robert Aris Willmott
1835: Robert Southey
1845: John Wilson
1848: John Forster
1858: Cyrus Redding
1880: Edward John Payne
1882: Epes Sargent
1895: W. J. Courthope
1744: Alexander Pope
1761: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1763 ca.: William Shenstone
1768: Sir Joseph Mawbey
1770: James Beattie
1775: Rev. Robert Colvill
1778: Richard Tickell
1781: Rev. Charles Churchill
1785: Lady Sophia Burrell
1785: John Milton
1786: Samuel Johnson
1786: Dr. John Wolcot
1787: William Cowper
1790: David Humphreys
1794: Charlotte Smith
1796: Robert Burns
1796: William Hayley
1797: Elizabeth Montagu
1811: Edward Jerningham
1817: Bp. Richard Mant
1820: John Clare
1820: Rev. John Wesley
Ye echoes my sentiments hear,
While Churchill I truly deplore;
And now wet his grave with a tear,
Whom I freely have censured before.
With candour not enmity fraught,
I sometimes deny'd him the lays;
So if sensible e'er of a fault,
O let me be just to his praise.
By genius mark'd out from the throng,
The goddess beheld him and smiled,
And fancy still beam'd thro' his song,
Tho' rough, inharmonious and wild.
'Twas his thro' the musical maze,
With a perfect indifference to steer,
And teach e'en the harshest of lays,
To please the most delicate ear.
In a burst of the nobest flame,
His sentiments frequently ran,
Yet oft has the bard bought a name,
At the total expence of the man.
His muse with a fury would glow,
Too partial for sense to commend,
O'er look all the worth of a foe,
And forget all the faults of a friend.
Hence every engagement of pow'r,
He censur'd as national wrongs;
And bade Scotland enternally lour,
All barren and dreary in song.
Hence black as the vestments of night,
A Bute has he studied to show;
And painted his Wilkes in a light,
That washes him wholly to snow.
But who if a stricture is made
Can justice with certainty name,
That never has deviously stray'd,
Nor once been to pity or blame.
That Churchill had errors we know,
But then he was frank and sincere,
And never was told of a woe,
But he gave it his purse or his tear.
Too proud when his fortune he met,
By far, to a statesman to bend,
And too humble, by much, to forget,
The name of the shabbiest friend.
Then round the poor spot where he's laid,
May the laurel eternally bloom;
And nought but his virtues he made,
An epitaph e'er from his tomb.
If a fault is unhappily shewn,
Let us place it to nature and man;
And engaged by his merits alone,
Strive to imitate them if we can.