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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Gotham - Book II

How much mistaken are the men who think
That all who will, without restraint may drink,
May largely drink, e'en till their bowels burst,
Pleading no right but merely that of thirst,
At the pure waters of the living well,
Beside whose streams the Muses love to dwell!
Verse is with them a knack, an idle toy,
A rattle gilded o'er, on which a boy
May play untaught, whilst, without art or force,

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