1817 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Charles Churchill

John Chalk Claris, "Sonnet, on viewing the Grave of Churchill" The Monthly Magazine 44 (December 1817) 438.



Churchill! although thy misdirected song
Sought but the plaudits of a transient fame;
Wasting the rich glow of a heaven-born flame
In the vile conflict with a clamorous throng;
Yet to thy shade these honours shall belong—
The Muse has grac'd thee with a poet's name,
And it shall still be thine; and that proud claim
Hallow thy grave these mouldering heaps among.
Princes shall perish, kings must be forgot,
(Save where in lasting shame some tyrant lies)
But in the tomb, whate'er its earthly lot,
Genius exults — the poet never dies!
Still shall some answering hearts in homage bow,
Though o'er the humblest turf, — as mine does now.