1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edmund Burke

Samuel Johnson, 1784; Boswell, Life of Johnson (1791); ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 4:318.



When Burke does not descend to be merry, his conversation is very superiour indeed. There is no proportion between the powers he shews in serious talk and in jocularity. When he lets himself down to that, he is in the kennel.