Boswell ran over to see if they lied;
Johnson declared it impossible, never
could that unbeliever whose work he decried
hold court round his deathbed, smile,

and say, "Die," His model was Socrates
taking the hemlock, a public act
in full view; friends and enemies
welcome to visit and see how the mind,

his mind, carried on till the end.
Too many witnesses heard
David Hume, that debunker, send
round for priests and clerics

to see the miracle he pulled off
like an old magician, sleeves torn,
all rabbits gone, top hat doffed,
saved his best trick for last—