1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Shenstone

Samuel Johnson, June 1782; Memoirs of Hannah More (1835) 1:151.



Who do you think is my principal cicerone at Oxford? Only Dr. Johnson! and we do so gallant it about! You cannot imagine with what delight he showed me every part of his own college (Pembroke).... After dinner Johnson begged to conduct me to see the college, he would let no one show it me but himself. — "This was my room; this Shenstone's." Then, after pointing out all the rooms of the poets who had been of his college, "In short," said he, "we were a nest of singing-birds."