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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Charles Churchill Poems
Health to great Glo'ster!--from a man unknown, Who holds thy health as dearly as his own, Accept this greeting--nor let modest fear
Lines Written In Windsor Park
These verses appeared with Churchill's name to them in the London Magazine for , and there is no reason to doubt their being genuine.
Accursed the man, whom Fate ordains, in spite, And cruel parents teach, to read and write! What need of letters? wherefore should we spell?
The Duellist - Book II
Deep in the bosom of a wood, Out of the road, a Temple stood: Ancient, and much the worse for wear,
Some of my friends (for friends I must suppose All, who, not daring to appear my foes, Feign great good-will, and not more full of spite
The Duellist - Book I
The clock struck twelve; o'er half the globe Darkness had spread her pitchy robe: Morpheus, his feet with velvet shod,
The Ghost: Book III (excerpt)
... Horrid, unwieldly, without form, Savage, as ocean in a storm, Of size prodigious, in the rear,
Happy the bard (though few such bards we find) Who, 'bove controlment, dares to speak his mind; Dares, unabash'd, in every place appear,
Gotham - Book I
Far off (no matter whether east or west, A real country, or one made in jest, Nor yet by modern Mandevilles disgraced,
The Prophecy Of Famine
When Cupid first instructs his darts to fly From the sly corner of some cook-maid's eye, The stripling raw, just enter'd in his teens,
Laughs not the heart when giants, big with pride, Assume the pompous port, the martial stride; O'er arm Herculean heave the enormous shield,
The Ghost: Book II (excerpt)
... Pomposo (insolent and loud), Vain idol of a scribbling crowd, Whose very name inspires an awe,
Unknowing and unknown, the hardy Muse Boldly defies all mean and partial views; With honest freedom plays the critic's part,
Gotham - Book III
Can the fond mother from herself depart? Can she forget the darling of her heart, The little darling whom she bore and bred,
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To Churchill's Sermons.
The manuscript of this unfinished poem was found among the few papers
Churchill left behind him.
Health to great Glo'ster!--from a man unknown,
Who holds thy health as dearly as his own,
Accept this greeting--nor let modest fear
Call up one maiden blush--I mean not here
To wound with flattery; 'tis a villain's art,
And suits not with the frankness of my heart.
Truth best becomes an orthodox divine,
And, spite of Hell, that character is mine:
To speak e'en bitter truths I cannot fear;
But truth, my lord, is panegyric here. ...