1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

J. B—e, "On Dr. Johnson" St. James's Chronicle (23 December 1784).



Is Johnson dead, and not one Bard
To light his honour'd fun'ral Pile?
My feeble Muse, the Task how hard,
Shall sing the Genius of the Isle.
Good, great, and glorious was his Life;
Humanity all his constant Aim.
Preventive of all future Strife
Heaven took him, whence there is no Claim.
New North-Street, Dec. 18, 1784.