1763 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Robert Lloyd, in "To a Friend who sent the Author a Hamper of Wine" St. James's Magazine 3 (October 1763) 109.



If huge tall words of termination,
Which ask a Critic's explanation,
Come rolling out along with thought,
And seem to stand just where they ought;
If language more in grammar drest,
With greater emphasis exprest,
Unstudied, unaffected flows,
In some great Wit's conversing prose;
If from the tongue the period round
Fall into style, and swell to sound,
'Tis nature which herself displays,
And JOHNSON speaks JOHNSON'S phrase.