1770 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

George Lyttelton, "Epigram on Shakespeare" Dublin Mercury (3 July 1770).



The Correspondent who sent us the following for the MERCURY, avers that it was wrote extempore by Lord L—ton, on seeing Mr. GARRICK'S PICTURE at the Royal Exhibition in Pall-Mall, London, 1770; and that it never appeared in print before.

Ye Warburtons quibbling, ye dogmatic Johnsons,
Forbear upon Shakspeare to publish your nonsense:
Would you read with precision his masterly page,
Burn your notes, grub your pens, and repair to the stage;
There Garrick reveals all his spirit and nature,
And plainly points out, who's the best commentator.