1821 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, "Dr. Johnson" Morning Post (31 January 1821).



See, proudly seated on his Classic Throne,
Whom Britain's lettered tribe their Monarch own,
JOHNSON — the Critic of the brow severe,
Yet still to all the sons of Genius dear.
His ample knowledge both of books and men—
His deep research, and his laborious pen,
Have raised deservedly his honoured name
High on the list of Literary fame.

Though haughty and ambitious in his sphere,
No rival reputation he could bear;
Of his Contemporaries still a few,
Who well th' extent of his great talents knew,
Even whilst his manner often gave them pain,
Contrived his cordial friendship to retain.
PERCY and GOLDSMITH, GARRICK and some more
Of those bright Orbs, whose radiant course is o'er!
Revered him as a prodigy on earth,
Of moral and of intellectual worth.