1775 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Leechlade, "Impromptu on a late Pamphlet" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (10 April 1775).



Taxation is no Tyranny, I swear,
In this the learned Hottentot is clear.
O'er wilds of sophistry and dark chicane,
(To sooth the passion of his Lord the Thane)
With turgid language, and in phrase uncouth,
The ministerial drudge heaves on the labouring truth.
The bravo thus, who kills his man for pay,
With the same reason might as wisely say,
That killing is no murder, and dispense
The bloody deed, as done in self-defence.