And shrinks beneath the wound.
In awful poverty his honest Muse
Walks forth vindictive thro’ a venal land:
In vain Corruption sheds her golden dews,
In vain Oppression lifts her iron hand;
He scorns them both, and, arm’d with truth alone,
Bids Lust and Folly tremble on the throne.
‘Fond Youth! to MARVELL’S patriot fame,
Thy humble breast must ne’er aspire.
Yet nourish still the lambent flame;
Still strike thy blameless Lyre:
Led by the moral Muse securely rove;
And all the vernal sweets thy vacant Youth
Can cull from busy Fancy’s fairy grove,
O hang their foliage round the fane of Truth:
To arts like these devote thy tuneful toil,
And meet its fair reward in D’ARCY’s smile. ’
A writer of social and political satire, Charles Churchill (1731-64) crammed all of his poetic career into four years. Directing his fierce invective at contemporaries, he is most famous for his Rosciad, a satire on London stage personalities, and The Prophecy of Famine, a satire on Lord Bute and the Scots.
The Author, which was directed against Tobias Smollett, novelist turned controversialist, was not published until