1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Ogilvie

James Boswell, in Life of Johnson, 1791; ed. G. B. Hill (1891) 1:490n.



When I asked Dr. Johnson's permission to introduce him, he obligingly agreed; adding, however, with a sly pleasantry, "but he must give us none of his poetry." It is remarkable that Johnson and Churchill, however much they differed on other points, agreed on this subject. See Churchill's Journey [Under dark Allegory's flimsy veil | Let Them with Ogilvie spin out a tale | Of rueful length]. It is, however, but justice to Dr. Ogilvie to observe, that his Day of Judgement has no inconsiderable share of merit.