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King, the Queen, His late MAJESTY, both Houses of PARLIAMENT, the Privy council, the Bench of Bishops, the established Church, the present Mini
To make Sense of some passages, they must be construed into ROYAL SCANDAL *.
He is a Popish Rhymster, bred up with a contempt of the Sacred Writings t. His religion allows him to destroy Heretics, not only with his pen, but with fire and sword; and such were all those unhappy wits whom he sacrificed to his accursed Popilh Principles to It deserved Vengeance to suggest, that Mr. Pope had Icfs Infallibility than his Namesake at Romell:
Mr POPE only a Versifier. The simooth numbers of the Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor has it any other merit S, It must be owned that he hath got a notable knack of rhyme ing and writing smooth verse.
Mr. POPE's HOMER. The Homer which Lintot prints, does not talk like Homer, but like Pope; and he who translated him one would swear, had a hill in Tipperary for his. Parnassus, and a puddle in some Bog for his Hippo
* List, at the End of the Collection of Verses, Letters,
thinking Vermin admire his Translator.*. It is true, soft and easy lines might become Ovid's Epistles or Art of Love - But Virgil, who is all great and majestic, &c. requires strength of lines, weight of words, and closeness of expressions; not an ambling Muse running on Carpet ground, and shod as lightly as a Newmarket racer. He has numberless faults in his Author's meaning, and in propriety of expression t. Mr. DRYDEN understood no Greek nor Latin.
Mr. Dryden was once, I have heard, at Westminster school : Dr. Busby would have whipt him for fo childish a Paraphrafe f. The meanest Pedant in England would whip a Lubber of twelve for construing so absurdly .. The translator is mad, every line betrays. his Stupidity. S. The faults are innumerable, and convince me that Mr. Dryden did not, or would not understand his Anthor f. This thews how fit Mr. D. may be to translate Homer! A mistake in a single letter might fall on the Printer well enough, but exop for "Xwp must be the error of the Author: Nor had he art enough to correct it at the Press.f. Mr. Dryden writes for the Court Ladies-He writes for the Ladies and not for use *.
The translator puts in a little Burlesque now and then into Virgil for a ragout to his cheated subscribers, f
* Milbourn, page 35. + Pages 22, and 192. Page 72. || Page 203. S Page 78. * Page 19 Pages 144, 190.
Grene *. He has no admirers among those that can distinguish, discern, and judge f.
He hath a knack at smooth verse, but without either Genius or good Sense, or any tolerable knowledge of English. The qualities which distinguish Homer are the beauties of his Diction and the Harmony of his Versification - But this little author, who is so much in vogue, has neither Sense in his Thoughts, nor English in his Expressions t.
Mr. POPE understood no Greek. He hath undertaken to translate Homer from the Greek, of which he knows not one word, into English, of which he understands as little ll. I wonder how this Gentleman would look, should it be discovered, that he has not translated ten verses together in any book of Homer with justice to the Poet; and yet he dares reproach his fellow-writers with not understanding Greeks. He has stuck so little to his Original as to have his knowledge in Greek called in questions. I fhould be glad to know which it is of all Homer's Excellencies which has so delighted the Ladies, and the Gentlemen who judge like Ladies t.
But he has a notable talent at Burlesque ; his ge
Dennis' Rem. on Pope's Hom, p. 12.
† Dennis's Rem. on Pope's Homer, p. 14. # Character of Mr. P. p. 17, and Rem, on Hom. p. 91. nis's Rem. on Hom. p. 12. $ Daily Jour. April 23, 1728. & Suppl. to the Profund, pref. + Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 66.
Mr. DRYDEN trick'd his Subscribers. I wonder that any man, who could not but be con scious of his own unfitness for it, louid go to amusa the learned world with such an undertaking! A man ought to value his Reputation more than Money ; and not to hope that those who can read for themselves, will be imposed upon, merely by a partially and unícasonably celebrated Name *. Poetis quidlibet audendi shall be Mr. Dryden's Motto, though it thould extend to picking of pockets t.
Names bestowed on Mr. DRYDEN. An Ape.) A crafty Ape dreft up in a gawdy gown -Whips put into an Ape's paw, to play pranks with -None but Apish and Papilh brats will heed him .
An Ass.] A camel will take upon him no more burden than is sufficient for his strength, but there is another beast that crouches under all ).
A Frog.] Poet Squab endued with Poet Maro's Spirit! an uzly, croaking kind of Vermin, which would swell to the bulk of an Oxf.
A COWARD.] A Clinias or Damaetas or a man of Mr. Dryden's own courage f.
A KNÁve.] Mr. Dryden has heard of Paul, the Knave of Jesus Christ: And if I mistake not, I've read fomewhere, of John Dryden, Servant to his majesty to
A Fool.] Had he not been such a self-conceited
* Milb. p 19%.
Milb. p. 105.
| Page 125. Whip and Key, prefa
§ P. II. P. 176. † P. 52
nius slides fo naturally into it, that he hath burlesqued Homer without designing it *
Mry POPE trick'd his Subscribers. 'Tis indeed somewhat bold, and almost prodigous, for a single man to undertake such a work: But 'tis too late to dissuade by demonstrating the madness of the Project. The Subscribers expectations have been raised in proportion to what their pockets have been drained of t. Pope has been concerned in Jobbs, and hired out his Name to Boosellers f.
Names bestowed on Mr. POPE. An Ape.) Let us take the initial letter of his Christian name, and initial and final letters of his surname, viz. APE, and they give you the same idea of an Ape as his Face 2 ||, &c.
An Ass.] It is my duty to pull of the Lion's skin from this little Ass S.
A Frog.] squab short gentleman---a little creature that, like the Frog in the Fable, swells, and is angry that it is not allowed to be as big as an Oxf.
A Coward.] A lurking, way-laying coward to
A KNAVE.] He is one whom God and nature have marked for want of common honesty *.
* Dennis's Rem. p. 28. + Homerides, p. 1. &c. British Journal, Nov. 25, 1727. || Dennis, Daily purnal, May II. 1723. $ Dennis's Rem. on Hom. ref. 4 Dennis's Rem, on the Rape of the Lock, eface, p. 9. + Char, ot Mr. P. page 3.