1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anna Seward, "Epitaph on Samuel Johnson" General Evening Post (28 January 1796).



The groans of Learning, tell that JOHNSON dies—
Adieu, great Critic of Colossal size;
Grateful, ye Virtues, round his tomb attend,
And deeply mourn your energetic friend.

Avaunt, ye Vices, he was foe to you,
Yet one the subtlest of your tribe he knew—
He knew — but, ENVY, to his fame be just,
And though you stain'd his spirit, spare his dust.