1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anna Seward, "Epitaph on Dr. Samuel Johnson" St. James's Chronicle (26 January 1796).



The groans of Learning tell that Johnson dies—
Adieu, great Critick of Collossal size;
Grateful, ye Virtues, round his tomb attend,
And deeply mourn your energetick friend.

Avaunt, ye Vices, he was foe to you,
Yet one, the sublest of your tribe, he knew—
He knew — but, Envy, to his fame be just!
And, though you staind his spirit, spare his dust.