1779 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Philips

Samuel Johnson, in "Life of Milton" Lives of the English Poets (1779-81); ed. Hill (1905) 1:150.



When the inscription for the monument of Philips, in which he was said to be "soli Miltono secundus," was exhibited to Dr. Sprat, then dean of Westminster, he refused to admit it; the name of Milton was, in his opinion, too detestable to be read on the wall of a building dedicated to devotion.