1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

J. D., "On the much lamented Death of Dr. Samuel Johnson" General Evening Post (18 December 1784).



As the fond mother, o'er the sable bier
Of her lov'd son, lets fall a lucid tear;
So Learning sighs around her Johnson's shrine,
And Genius mourns, attended by the Nine;
E'en great Apollo tunes his muffled Lyre
To strains of woe, and joins the weeping choir!
Britons, attend, and, while each heaving heart
Feels England's loss, and, feeling, bears a part;
Be it his task to rear her drooping age,
To millions yet unborn transmit her splendid page!
Lincoln's Inn-Fields.