1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

H. K., "Extempore on Doctor Samuel Johnson" Morning Herald and Daily Advertiser (29 December 1784).



O JOHNSON! thou wer't honest, learned, rough,
And had'st of life and writing full enough.
Freed from thy drudg'ry, at a good old age,
And freed from Envy and from Party rage:
Free'd from a pension, which the soul disdain'd,
And freed from errors, which thy judgement stain'd.
Freed from a body of infirmity;
The tax of Death's no tyranny to thee.
Then rest in peace, from all thy labours rest,
Thy works shall follow, and thy name be blest.
New Inn.