1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Melmoth

Samuel Johnson to Hester Thrale, 1780; Boswell, Life of Johnson, ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 3:481.



Never let criticisms operate upon your face or on your mind; it is very rarely that an authour is hurt by his attacks. The blaze of reputation cannot be blown out, but it often dies in the socket; a very few names may be considered as perpetual lamps that shine unconsumed. From the author of Fitzosburne's Letters I cannot think myself in much danger. I met him only once about thirty years ago, and in some small dispute reduced him to a whistle; having not seen him since, that is the last impression. Poor Moore, the fabulist, was one of the company.