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CHARLES CHURCHILL
English poet and satirist
(1731 - 1764)
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His thirst he slakes at some pure neighboring brook,
  Nor seeks for sauce where Appetite stands cook.
      - Gotham III (l. 133) [Appetite]

Who all in raptures their own works rehearse,
  And drawl out measur'd prose, which they call verse.
      - Independence (l. 95) [Poets]

Who's in or out, who moves this grand machine,
  Nor stirs my curiosity nor spleen:
    Secrets of state no more I wish to know
      Than secret movements of a puppet show:
        Let but the puppets move, I've my desire,
          Unseen the hand which guides the master wire.
      - Night (l. 257) [Government]

No statesman e'er will find it worth his pains
  To tax our labours and excise our brains.
      - Night (l. 271) [Statesmanship]

The Scots are poor, cries surly English pride;
  True is the charge, nor by themselves denied.
    Are they not then in strictest reason clear,
      Who wisely come to mend their fortunes here?
      - Prophecy of Famine (l. 195) [Scotland]

Patience is sorrow's salve.
      - Prophecy of Famine (l. 363)
        [Patience : Proverbs]

His voice no touch of harmony admits,
  Irregularly deep, and shrill by fits.
    The two extremes appear like man and wife
      Coupled together for the sake of strife.
      - Rosciad (l. 1,003) [Voice]

Greatly his foes he dreads, but more his friends,
  He hurts me most who lavishly commends.
      - The Apology (l. 19) [Friends]

To vanish nonsense with the charms of sound.
      - The Apology (l. 219) [Nonsense]

Who, to patch up his fame--or fill his purse--
  Still pilfers wretched plans, and makes them worse;
    Like gypsies, lest the stolen brat be known,
      Defacing first, then claiming for his own.
      - The Apology (l. 232) [Plagiarism]

Men the most infamous are fond of fame,
  And those who fear not guilt, yet start at shame.
      - The Author (l. 233) [Fame : Man]

Though by whim, envy, or resentment led,
  They damn those authors whom they never read.
      - The Candidate (l. 57) [Criticism]

Like the dreams,
  Children of night, of indigestion bred.
      - The Candidate (l. 784) [Dreams]

Be England what she will,
  With all her faults, she is my country still.
      - The Farewell [England]

Matrons, who toss the cup, and see
  The grounds of fate in grounds of tea.
      - The Ghost (bk. I, l. 117) [Tea]

As by the way of innuendo
  Lucus is made a non lucendo.
      - The Ghost (bk. II, V, 257) [Trees]

The more haste, ever the worst speed.
      - The Ghost (bk. IV, l. 1162) [Haste]

There webs were spread of more than common size,
  And half-starved spiders prey'd on half-starved flies.
      - The Prophecy of Famine (l. 327) [Strategy]

Apt Alliteration's artful aid.
      - The Prophecy of Famine (l. 86)
        [Authorship]

Man and wife,
  Coupled together for the sake of strife.
      - The Rosciad (l. 1,005) [Matrimony]

View the whole scene, with critic judgment scan,
  And then deny him merit if you can.
    Where he falls short, 'tis Nature's fault alone
      Where he succeeds, the merit's all his own.
      - The Rosciad (l. 1,023) [Merit]

He's of stature somewhat low--
  Your hero always should be tall, you know.
      - The Rosciad (l. 1,029) [Heroes]

With that malignant envy which turns pale,
  And sickens, even if a friend prevail.
      - The Rosciad (l. 127) [Envy]

Ne'er blush'd, unless, in spreading vice's snares,
  She blunder'd on some virtue unawares.
      - The Rosciad (l. 137) [Vice]

A servile race
  Who, in mere want of fault, all merit place;
    Who blind obedience pay to ancient schools,
      Bigots to Greece, and slaves to musty rules.
      - The Rosciad (l. 183) [Criticism]


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