1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Savage

James Boswell, in Life of Johnson, 1791; ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 1:188-89.



It is melancholy to reflect, that Johnson and Savage were sometimes in such extreme indigence, that they could not pay for a lodging; so that they have wandered together whole nights in the streets. Yet in these almost incredible scenes of distress, we may suppose that Savage mentioned many of the anecdotes with which Johnson afterwards enriched the life of his unhappy companion, and those of other Poets.