1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, "On seeing a Letter in the Public Advertiser on Dr. Johnson's postponing his publication of Shakespeare" Public Advertiser (20 August 1765).



For nine Years or near,
Shakespeare's Plays don't appear,
With Johnson's Remarks to explain 'em;
But why prates the Fool?
It is Horaces's Rule—
"Nonumque prematur in annum."