1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Samuel Johnson

C., "Samuel Johnson" The Pic Nic 1 (15 January 1803) 73.



Herculean strength, and a Stentorian voice,
Of wit a fund, of words a countless choice:
In learning rather various than profound,
In truth intrepid, in religion sound:
A trembling frame, and a distorted sight,
But firm in judgment, and in genius bright;
In controversy rarely known to spare,
But humble as the publican in pray'r:
To more than merited his kindness, kind,
And tho' in manners harsh, of friendly mind:
Deep-ting'd with melancholy's blackest shade,
And, tho' prepar'd to die, of death afraid—
Such JOHNSON was — of him with justice vain,
When will this nation see his like again?