1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Charles Denis, "On certain Scribblers, who are dayly cavilling at Mr. Sam. Johnson" St. James's Chronicle (28 December 1765).



Snarlers, avaunt! I see your Aim;
Superior Worth you dare to blame,
In Hopes your own to raise;
Could ye provoke the Muse's Spleen,
And in his Verse your Names be seen,
Though stigmatis'd, 'twere Praise.

But, Johnson, thwart their foolish Rage,
Nor ever in thy deathless Page
Be such vile Scribblers shewn;
On Parent Dunghill, where begot,
There let the Toad-stool Mushrooms rot,
Unnoticed and unknown.
C. D.