1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

Peter, "Epigram, occasion'd by reading Hawkins's Life of Johnson" St. James's Chronicle (7 October 1788).



Such Rancour, Sir Knight, thy vast Volume displays,
So eager thy Censure, so costive thy Praise,
That the good Doctor's Friends may pronounce thee in future
Not only Executor, but Exe-cu-tor.