1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, "On Reading Dr. Johnson's Prayers and Meditations" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (5 October 1785).



View'd in the full meridian blaze,
Of learning's artificial rays,
Johnson seems more than common:
When, like a puritan divine,
We see him gossop, cant, and whine—
The Doctor's an old woman.

Sunt lachrymae rerum.