1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Anonymous, "To Doctor Johnson, on his Lives of our Poets" Public Advertiser (1 September 1781).



Oh! Johnson, in thy nervous Lines,
What Wit, what Sense, what Learning shines!
Such manly Praise, where Praise is due!
Such pointed Satire, yet so true!

Our noble Poets Works appear,
'Fore thy Reflecting-Mirrour clear:
Each in their Order take their Turn;
But find "Collected-Light" will burn.