Samuel Johnson Poems
- On The Death Of Mr. Robert Lev...
- Autumn Alas! with swift and silent pace, Impatient time ...
- One And Twenty LONG-EXPECTED one and twenty Ling'ring year ...
- A Short Song Of Congratulation LONG-EXPECTED one and twenty ...
- Drury-Lane Prologue Spoken By ...
- The Vanity Of Human Wishes Let observation with extensive ...
- Friendship Friendship! peculiar boon of Heaven, The noble ...
Samuel Johnson (often referred to as Dr Johnson) (18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784) was an English author. Beginning as a Grub Street journalist, he made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, novelist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. Johnson was a devout Anglican and political conservative, and has been described as "arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history". He is also the subject of "the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature": James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson.
Johnson was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, and attended Pembroke ... more »
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''Melancholy, indeed, should be diverted by every means but drinking.''Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, March 28, 1776 (1791).
''Curiosity is one of the most permanent and certain characteristics of a vigorous intellect.''Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 4, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969). Ra...
''What is the reason that women servants ... have much lower wages than men servants ... when in fact our female house servants work much harder than the male?''Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. (Originally published 1791). Boswell's Life of Johnson, April 13, 1773, p. 513, Oxford Univ...
''The happiest conversation is that of which nothing is distinctly remembered but a general effect of pleasing impression.''Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, entry for 1781 (1791).
''The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.''Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. repr. in Works of Samuel Johnson, vol. 3, eds. W.J. Bate and Albrecht B. Strauss (1969). Ra...
On The Death Of Mr. Robert Levet, A Practiser In Physic
CONDEMN'D to Hope's delusive mine,
As on we toil from day to day,
By sudden blasts or slow decline
Our social comforts drop away.
Well tried through many a varying year,
See Levet to the grave descend,
Officious, innocent, sincere,
Of every friendless name the friend.
Yet still he fills affection's eye,
Obscurely wise and coarsely kind;
Nor, letter'd Arrogance, deny
Thy praise to merit unrefined.
When fainting nature call'd for aid,
And hov'ring death prepared the blow,
His vig'rous remedy display'd
The power of art without the ...