1749 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Ben Jonson

Anonymous, in Westminster Abbey, an Heroic Poem (1749) 19.



Behold! undignify'd, rare JOHNSON'S Bust!
No Panegyric celebrates his Dust:
Whose hum'rous Vein display'd, on th' English Stage,
The Wish, vain Cares, and Follies of the Age.
Let then the Comic Drama speak his Praise,
And due Applause the Silent Woman raise:
His Alchymist unrivall'd Taste can boast,
And crafty Volpone please, 'till Humour's lost.