1783 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, "On J—h—n's Tour to Scotland, accompanied by Jamie B—, his 'Squire" Morning Post and Daily Advertiser (13 September 1783).



When, to explore the secrets of the North,
The literary Quixote sallied forth,
A 'Squire attended on the wond'rous man,
To clamber walls, and ev'ry hole to scan.
With pity on the dotard's visions pass;
But who's this 'Squire? is't Sancho, or his ass?
For either title may the blockhead fit;
The first his person, and the last his wit.