1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

H. S., in "An Epistle to William Hayley, Esq." European Magazine 8 (November 1785) 385.



But what strong numbers shall the poet find
For the great object that now fills his mind?
He bows with reverence to the honour'd name
Of hoary Johnson, great high-priest of fame.
Hail son of science! Whose unbounded skill
Makes every Muse subservient to thy will;
Tho' great in merit shine they manly lays,
The powers of verse are but thy second praise.