1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

One of the Monkies, "To the Author of the Rhapsody in Favour of Mr. Samuel Johnson" St. James's Chronicle (17 December 1765).



"Thus, when the Prince of Beasts asleep is laid,
Wearied, beneath the Covert of a Shade,
A Troop of Monkies chatt'ring round his Head, &c."

Well hast thou ta'en great Johnson's Part,
The Enemy before thee flies;
Thy Wit has blunted every Dart,
Envy is sick, and Malice dies.

Each Mind that knows the Right and Wrong,
On thy just Panegyrick feasts;
For all must say, as thou hast sung,
He is indeed THE PRINCE OF BEASTS.