Young Sam Johnson


Samuel Johnson. Horace Book 2d Ode 20th. 1726. Manuscript. MS Hyde 50 (25)

Many of Johnson's earliest surviving compositions are translations of Horace from Latin into English, written while Johnson was at Stourbridge Grammar School under the tutelage of the Reverend John Wentworth (d. 1741). He later told Boswell that "Horace's Odes were the compositions in which he took most delight."