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Charles Churchill

(February, 1731 - 4 November 1764 / Westminster)

Quotations

  • ''Though by whim, envy, or resentment led,
    They damn those authors whom they never read.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. The Candidate, l. 57 (1764).
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  • ''Little do such men know the toil, the pains,
    The daily, nightly racking of the brains,
    To range the thoughts, the matter to digest,
    To cull fit phrases, and reject the rest.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. Gotham, bk. 2, l. 11 (1764).
  • ''Prudent dullness marked him for a mayor.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. The Rosciad, l. 596 (1761).
  • ''Learned without sense, and venerably dull.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. The Rosciad, l. 592 (1761). Referring to Irish playwright and actor, Arthur Murphy.
  • ''Half-starved spiders prey'd on half-starved flies.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. The Prophecy of Famine.
  • ''Who often, but without success, have prayed
    For apt Alliteration's artful aid.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. The Prophecy of Famine, l. 85-6 (1763).
  • ''And adepts in the speaking trade
    Keep a cough by them ready made.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. The Ghost, bk. 2, l. 545-6 (1763).
  • ''Adepts in the speaking trade
    Keep a cough by them ready made.''
    Charles Churchill (1731-1764), British clergyman, poet. The Ghost, bk. 2.

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Times

The Time hath been, a boyish, blushing Time,
When Modesty was scarcely held a crime,
When the most Wicked had some touch of grace,
And trembled to meet Virtue face to face,
When Those, who, in the cause of Sin grown grey,
Had serv'd her without grudging day by day,
Were yet so weak an awkward shame to feel,
And strove that glorious service to conceal;
We, better bred, and than our Sires more wise,

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