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The tempestuous Evening: an Ode

GEORGE ALEXANDER STEVENS

The Wine Vault

DR. SAMUEL JOHNSON

The Vanity of Human Wishes

MRS. GREVILLE

Prayer for Indifference

440

ib.

453

ib.

CHARLES CHURCHILL.

BORN 1731.-DIED 1764.

He was the son of a respectable clergyman, who was curate and lecturer of St. John's, Westminster. He was educated at Westminster school, and entered of Trinity college, Cambridge, but not being disposed

“ O'er crabbed authors life's gay prime to waste,

Or cramp wild genius in the chains of taste," he left the university abruptly, and coming to London, made a clandestine marriage in the Fleet. His father, though much displeased at the proceeding, became reconciled to what could not be remedied, and received the imprudent couple for about a year under his roof. After this young Churchill went for some time to study theology at Sunderland, in the north of England, and having taken orders, officiated at Cadbury, in Somersetshire, and at Rainham, a living of his father's in Essex, till upon the death of his father, he succeeded in 1758 to the curacy

and lectureship of St. John's. Here he conducted himself for some time with a decorum suitable to his profession, and increased his narrow income by undertaking private tuition. He got into debt, it is true, and Dr. Lloyd, of Westminster, the father of

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