George Canning PC, FRS was a British statesman and politician who served as Foreign Secretary and briefly Prime Minister.
Early life: 1770–1793
Canning was born into an Anglo-Irish family at his parents' home in Queen Anne Street, Marylebone, London. Canning described himself as "an Irishman born in London". His father, George Canning, Sr., of Garvagh, County Londonderry, Ireland, was a gentleman of limited means, a failed wine merchant and lawyer, who renounced his right to inherit the family estate in exchange for payment of his substantial debts. George Sr. eventually abandoned the family and died in poverty on 11 April 1771, his son's first birthday, in ... more »
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George Canning Poems
All The Talents
When the broad-bottom 'd Junto, with reason at strife, Resign'd, with a sigh, its political life;
Ode To The
How blest, how firm the Statesman stands, (Him no low intrigue shall move), Circled by faithful kindred bands, And propp'd by fond fraternal love.
The pilgrimage to Mecca
What holy rites Mohammed's laws ordain, What various duties bind his faithful train,-- What pious zeal his scatter'd tribes unites In fix'd observance of these holy rites,--
The Pilot That Weath'd The Storm
If hush'd the loud whirlwind that ruffled the deep, The sky, if no longer dark tempests deform; When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep? No!--Here's to the Pilot who weather'd the storm!
A TRIBUTE TO THE MEMORY OF THE RIGHT HON. WILLIAM PITT. When, by th' Almighty's dread command Elijah, call'd from Israel's land, Rose in the sacred flame,
Moderate Men and Moderate Measures
Praise to placeless proud ability, Let the prudent muse disclaim; And sing the Statesman--all civility-- Whom moderate talents raise to fame.
The Slavery Of Greece
Unrivall'd Greece! thou ever honor'd name, Thou nurse of heroes dear to deathless fame! Though now to worth, to honor all unknown, Thy lustre faded, and thy glories flown;
Though short thy span, God's unimpeach'd...
Though short thy span, God's unimpeach'd decrees, Which made that shorten'd span one long disease, Yet merciful in chastening, gave thee scope For mild, redeeming virtues, Faith and Hope;
The New-Old Opposition
It is said, the Great Men, who are seized with the pouts, At their suddenly alter'd condition; Who so late were the Ins, and so soon were the Outs, Have decreed a severe Opposition.
The Traitor's Epitah
For one long term, or e'er her trial came, Here Brownrigg linger'd. Often have these cells Echoed her blasphemies, as with shrill voice She scream'd for fresh Geneva. Not to her
The Grand Consulation
"Ambubaiarum Collegia Pharmacopeiæ." --Horace.
Blue and Buff
Come, sportive Muse, with plume satiric, Describe each lawless, bold empiric, Who, with the Blue and Buffs' sad crew, Now stripp'd in buff, shall look so blue.
Quotationsmore quotations »
Intimately concerned as we are with the system of Europe, it does not follow that we are therefore called upon to mix ourselves on every occasion, with a restless and meddling activity, in the concern...George Canning (1770-1827), British statesman, prime minister. Speech, October 28, 1823.
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All The Talents
When the broad-bottom
'd Junto, with reason at strife,
Resign'd, with a sigh, its political life;
When converted to Rome, and of honesty tired,
They gave back to the Devil the soul he inspired.
The Demon of Faction, that over them hung,
In accents of horror their epitaph sung;
While Pride and Venality join'd in the stave,
And canting Democracy wept at the grave.
'Here lies in the tomb that we hollow'd for Pitt,
of Grenville, of Temple the wit;
'Of Sidmouth the firmness, the temper of Grey,
'And Treasurer Sheridan's promise to ...