Charles Churchill Poems
- Independence Happy the bard (though few such bards we ...
- Gotham - Book I Far off (no matter whether east or west, A ...
- The Author Accursed the man, whom Fate ordains, in ...
- Dedication Health to great Glo'ster!--from a man ...
- The Apology Laughs not the heart when giants, big with ...
- The Rosciad Unknowing and unknown, the hardy Muse Boldly ...
- The Conference Grace said in form, which sceptics must ...
Charles Churchill was an English poet and satirist.
Churchill was born in Vine Street, Westminster. His father, rector of Rainham, Essex, held the curacy and lectureship of St Johns, Westminster, from 1733, and Charles was educated at Westminster School, where he became a good classical scholar, and formed a close and lasting friendship with Robert Lloyd. He was admitted to St John's College, Cambridge on 8 July 1748. Churchill contracted a marriage within the rules of the Fleet in his eighteenth year, and never lived at Cambridge; the young couple lived in his father's house, and Churchill was afterwards sent to the north of England to prepare for holy orders. He became curate of... more »
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Happy the bard (though few such bards we find)
Who, 'bove controlment, dares to speak his mind;
Dares, unabash'd, in every place appear,
And nothing fears, but what he ought to fear:
Him Fashion cannot tempt, him abject Need
Cannot compel, him Pride cannot mislead
To be the slave of Greatness, to strike sail
When, sweeping onward with her peacock's tail,
Quality in full plumage passes by;
He views her with a fix'd, contemptuous eye,
And mocks the puppet, keeps his own due state,
And is above conversing with the great.
Perish those slaves, those minions of ...