1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, "Epigram on Boswell's Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides" Gazetteer and New Daily Advertiser (10 September 1787).



When Jamie Boswell took his pen
The Doctor's sayings to record;
Professors look'd like common men,
And Johnson of the Clan the Lord.

Whate'er the Doctor blunder'd out,
Let it be prose or be it verse,
Jamie wrote down without one doubt
And priz'd it, as it had been Erse.

But could it be poor Johnson's fate
To read these pages, as 'tis mine;
The folio thrown at Osborne's pate,
Dear Jamie, would be thrown at thine.