1756 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Isaac Watts

Samuel Johnson, 1756; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 361-62.



A writer who, if he stood not in the first class of genius, compensated that defect by a ready application of his powers to the promotion of piety.... Dr. Watts was one of the first who taught the dissenters to write and speak like other men, by showing them that elegance might consist with piety.