1765 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Lichfield, "On Seeing the Letters of Mr. Walmsley to Mr. Colson, in the St. James's Chronicle of Oct. 24" St. James's Chronicle (23 November 1765).



Stratford — though thou Great Shakespeare's Birth canst claim!
And Milton* — thou canst boast thy Poet's Fame!
Lichfield — to thee a double Praise is due,
Thou gav'st a Garrick — and a Johnson too!

* In Oxfordshire