28 February 2023
A journey through Lent 2023
with Samuel Johnson (7)
During Lent this year, I am taking time each morning to reflect on words from Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), the Lichfield-born lexicographer and writer who compiled the first authoritative English-language dictionary.
Writing in the Rambler on 30 October 1750, Samuel Johnson ascribed these words to a fictional hermit:
‘Happy are they … who shall learn … not to despair, but shall remember, that though the day is past, and their strength is wasted, there yet remains one effort to be made; that reformation is never hopeless, nor sincere endeavours ever unassisted; that the wanderer may at length return after all his errours, and that he who implores strength and courage from above shall find danger and difficulty give way before him.’
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