1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

George Matisson Rothwel, "On Mr. Johnson's LATE Edition of Shakespeare" St. James's Chronicle (16 November 1765).



Like his Name-sake of old, our Day's Johnson, we find,
In the Mask of a Friend, to depreciate inclin'd,
That Apollo of Britain's Parnassus, our Shakespear,
Who in Poetry's Tilt, of each Rival can break Spear.—
But let me, Oh *Mahomet Johnson, assure ye,
In England, you're neither his Judge or his Jury!

*Vide (in Drury-Lane Register of Births and Burials) Mahomet and Irene, (avowed Issue of this admirable Editor) born and deceased Anno 1750 — or — 1751.