1766 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Old Blow the Bellows, "To C. D. [Charles Denis] on his Lines defending Dr. Johnson and his Edition of Shakespeare" St. James's Chronicle (18 January 1766).



Sweet Imitator of Fontaine,
Melodius D—s, cease this Strain,
Nor praise him who revil'd,
With impious Tongue and Hand, the Page
Of Shakespeare, read in ev'ry Age;
Great Shakespeare, Fancy's Child.

Thus one a Wretch was so profane,
To fire the high Ephesia Fane,
To get immortal Praise:
O! brand him with eternal Shame,
And may a more devouring Flame,
His Dictionary blaze!

Old blow the Bellows.
Puff-Garret, Wind-Alley, Tempest-street,
Hurricane fields, in the City of Whirlwind,
in the County of Tornado.
By the Monsoon Post.