1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Mr. Arrowsmith, "Epitaph on the late Dr. Johnson" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (14 January 1785).



The mortal part of that great, pious man,
JOHNSON! lies here, time has fulfill'd his span,
No panegyric needs he, to stamp a name,
His works proclaim an universal fame!
Say, cruel Death — why could'st thou not save
Learning's great Patron! from the yawning grave?
Grieve not, his dearest friends, in sorrow deep,
His soul's alive! his body but does sleep.
When the last trump shall bid the dead arise,
A Cherub host shall waft him through the skies:
Then, for the virtuous paths in which he trod,
His soul shall rest eternal with his God.