1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, "Extempore, on the two Monuments in St. Paul's" Morning Chronicle (8 October 1795).



ST. PAUL in his Temple to harbour a Non-con—
SAM. JOHNSON with presence to sanction!*
To stand by and see such a wicked deed done,
Of the Kirk was not HOWARD a rank Son?

Tho' thy Wig, SAM, is chang'd for a better of late,
Ne'er mind: pull it off, and throw at him;
Of thy stay in purgation 'twill shorten the date—
There; there! you have twank'd him! — 'ad-rat-him!

* When Dr. JOHNSON was at Edinburgh, he was invited to hear a Sermon preached by Dr. ROBERTSON, the Historian. "If he will get up into a Tree," said JOHNSON, "I will have no objection: but let him not imagine that in his Kirk he can have the sanction of my presence."