ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On the late Dr. Johnson" London Chronicle (16 Feburary 1786) 159.
1737: Gilbert Walmsley
1741: Edward Cave
1750 ca.: Thomas Cooke
1750: Rev. William Dodd
1750: Edward Cave
1752: Hester Mulso Chapone
1758: William Shenstone
1762: Rev. Charles Churchill
1763: Robert Lloyd
1765: George Matisson Rothwel
1765: J. T.
1765: Cuthbert Shaw
1765: C. M.
1765: Charles Denis
1765: William Kenrick
1766: Rev. Joseph Warton
1766: W. J.
1766: Old Blow the Bellows
1766: C. M.
1769 ca.: Thomas Gray
1770: George Lyttelton
1771: James Beattie
1771: Horace Walpole
1772: A. C.
1773: Robert Fergusson
1775: An Englishman
1775: William Woty
1775: George Colman
1775: U GIO
1776: William Barnard
1778: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1778: M. Macgreggor, Esq.
1779: Rev. Thomas Maurice
1780 ca.: Francis Grose
1781: Horace Walpole
1781 ca.: Rev. Robert Potter
1781: Elizabeth Montagu
1781: J. D.
1781: Rev. William Tasker
1782: John Scott of Amwell
1784: William Cowper
1784: William Woty
1784: H. K.
1784: J. D.
1784: John Hoole
1784: Anna Seward
1784: A. W.
1784: J. B-e
1785 ca.: William Julius Mickle
1785: H. S.
1785: Rev. George Butt
1785: E. T. P.
1785: W. W-y-.
1785: Rev. James Fordyce
1785: J. E.
1785: Mr. Arrowsmith
1785: B. Walwyn
1785: A. L.
1786: A Lady
1786: Soame Jenyns
1786: John Courtenay
1786: George Colman
1786: Old Salusbury Briar
1786: Gilbert Horne
1786: James Boswell
1786: Christopher Anstey
1786: Rev. Richard Graves
1787: George Colman
1787: Miss Bruce
1788: O. L. M.
1788: Rev. Richard Graves
1789: Rev. Andrew Macdonald
1790 ca.: Horace Walpole
1790: Anna Seward
1791: Anna Seward
1791: Isaac D'Israeli
1791: Rev. Bryan Waller
1791: Francis Garden
1792: William Thomas Fitzgerald
1796: Anna Seward
1796: Anna Seward
1797: George Dyer
1798: Thomas Green
1798: Edward Gardner
1799: Lady Catherine Rebecca Manners
1799 ca.: Alexander Chalmers
1800: Dr. Nathan Drake
1800 ca.: George Hardinge
1800: Thomas Dermody
1802: Rev. Henry Kett
1806: John Wooll
1806: Dr. John Aikin
1807: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1807: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1811: Richard Cumberland
1813: Dr. John Wolcot
1814: Sir George Beaumont
1815: William Wordsworth
1819: William Hazlitt
1822: William Cook
1822: Tobias Oldschool
1824: Rev. Thomas Frognall Dibdin
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Joseph Cradock
1825: John Taylor Esq.
1830: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1831: John Wilson Croker
1831: Rev. Samuel Hoole
1831: Thomas Babington Macaulay
1832: John Taylor Esq.
1833: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1835: Robert Southey
1835 ca.: Charles Crocker
1840: Thomas Carlyle
1852: Mary Russell Mitford
1880: W. J. Courthope
When Johnson died, with learning deeply stor'd,
His death, by all who knew him, was deplor'd;
And those who saw him "quietly inurn'd,"
The man, the scholar, and the Christian mourn'd.
Whene'er the Rambler's pages I explore,
Of Greece and Rome I see the purest ore
With English bullion mixt, which brightly shines,
By him work'd up in highly-finish'd lines.
On themes sublime, which lofty thoughts create,
His nervous language has peculiar weight.
While his well-chosen words arrang'd with art,
Stamp the important precepts on the heart.
Thro' Allegoric Tales he pours along,
In measur'd prose, the melody of song;
And in each moral, Oriental page,
Discernment beams attention to engage.
Profound logician with distinctions nice,
Whene'er he virtue separates from vice,
Closely he reasons, and in numerous ways
His pow'rs polemic forcibly displays.
In all his writings pleasing proofs appear,
Of morals strict and piety sincere;
Firm in religion's cause, in her defence
He drew his pen; and, arm'd with sterling sense,
Against loose infidels in diction bold,
His lightning pointed, and his thunder roll'd.
With wit and argument combin'd he ne'er
Would those who combated his system spare.
To make us wiser, or in age in youth,
He stands before us with the "torch of truth;"
To make us "wise unto salvation," strives,
By strongly urging us to mend our lives;
To live while here we sojourn free from blame,
That we, hereafter, bliss supreme may claim,
With firmness trusting to the words of grace,
Reveal'd with clearness to the human race;
Words which will deep impression make on those,
Who are not, reas'ners false, Religion's foes.
Behold him, not an Idler, with the train,
Dramatic beauties studious to explain!
By his well-form'd conjectures, curious, keen,
We find new charms in Shakespeare's matchless scene,
To num'rous passages we, struck, attend,
By reading these conjectures shrewdly penn'd,
We're told by one who well our author knew,
(By one, who closely studied him, whose hand,
With all a master's freedom at command,
Has giv'n his picture, happily at length,
Correctly drawn, with elegance and strength,)
That he, descending to the meanest trade,
Such skill professional with ease display'd,
And so much knowledge by description prov'd,
You might have thought he had a tradesman mov'd
In the selected line; so just, so clear
Did every part exhibited appear.
In ev'ry walk of lit'rature he chose,
Superior to the writing herd he rose;
Who Learning's surface skim, with curious care,
And give their works a fashionable air;
But from beneath its depths no treasures bring
From which scholastic satisfactions spring;
Nor pearls produce, with classic lustre bright,
To charm the letter'd Amateur, at sight.
"Take him for all in all," we shall not find
A more acute, more clear, more copious mind;
A mind with richer erudition fraught,
More force of fancy, and more reach of thought;
How rare the union! but the scene is o'er,
And the sweet voice of Fame delights no more
The ear of him who oft that voice has heard,
For Learning honour'd, for his life rever'd.