1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Isaac D'Israeli, in Curiosities of Literature (1791) 1:82.



If Dr. Johnson suffered his great mind to descend into trivial amusement, it was — to borrow the image of a friend — like the elephant, who sometimes gives a shock to armies, and sometimes permits himself to be led by a naked infant.