1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Mason

Anonymous, "On Mr. Mason's Abuse of the late Dr. Samuel Johnson, in the Memoirs of Billy Whitehead" Gentleman's Magazine 58 (January 1788) 62.



While Johnson spoke poor Mason's wrath was dumb,
But, Johnson silenc'd, prattles o'er his tomb.
Thus, at some eagle slain, once-frighted crows
With dastard vengeance aim their puny blows.
Mason! what wreath shall grace that critic's head,
Who fear'd the living, but insults the dead?