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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
Description of His Muse (from The Prophecy of Famine)
By Charles Churchill (1731–1764)
ME, whom no muse of heavenly birth inspires,
No judgment tempers when rash genius fires:
Who boast no merit but mere knack of rhyme,
Short gleams of sense, and satire out of time,
Who cannot follow where trim Fancy leads        5
By ‘prattling streams,’ o’er ‘flower-empurpled meads’:
Who often, but without success, have prayed
For apt alliteration’s artful aid:
Who would, but cannot, with a master’s skill,
Coin fine new epithets, which mean no ill—        10
Me, thus uncouth, thus every way unfit
For pacing poesy, and ambling wit,
TASTE with contempt beholds, nor deigns to place
Among the lowest of her favoured race!

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