In thosze days talent meant nothing
(invention of Rousseauian romantticists).
The innate ability if wit was the coinage of the times.
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From: "Carrol Cox" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:25 AM
Subject: Re: OT - Samuel Johnson, a critic at large
> David Boyd wrote:
> > - wouldn't it have been
> > formidable if from the gene pool had emerged anyone with the talent of
> > TSE and the wit of Dr. J ? - suppose it's a bit like expecting
> > engineers to be literate - mutually exclusive, usually.
> What do you mean by this -- that Johnson, the author of that great poem,
> The Vanity of Human Wishes,had no talent?
> But scarce observ'd the Knowing and the Bold,
> Fall in the gen'ral Massacre of Gold;
> Wide-wasting Pest! that rages unconfin'd,
> And crouds with Crimes the Records of Mankind,
> For Gold his Sword the Hireling Ruffian draws,
> For Gold the hireling Judge distorts the Laws;
> Wealth heap'd on Wealth, nor Truth nor Safety buys,
> The Dangers gather as the Treasures rise.
> Focus for a few moments on "And crouds with Crimes the Records of
> Mankind. . ." Unsurpassable!
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