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essays, not only against the wit and writings, but against the character and person of Mr. Pope. And that of all those men who have received pleasure from his works, (which by modest computation may be about a hundred thousand in these kingdoms.of England and Ireland ; not to mention Jersey, Guernsey, the Orcades, those in the new world, and fo: reigners who have translated him into their languages) of all this number not a man hath stood up to say one word in his defence.

The only exception is the author of the following poem, who doubtless had either a better insight into the grounds of this clamour, or a better opinion of Mr. Pope's integrity, joined with a greater personal love for him, than any other of his numerous friends and admirers.

Farther, that he was in his peculiar intimacy, appears from the knowledge he manifests of the most

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About a hundred thousand] It is surprizing with what stupidity this preface, which is almost a continued irony, was taken by those authors. All such passages as these were understood by Curl, Cook, Cibber, and others, to be serious. Here the Laureate (Letter to Mr. Pope, p. 9.) “ Though I grant the Dunciad a better poem of its kind than ever was writ; yet when I read it with those vain glorious encumbrances of Notes and Remarks upon it, &c.— it is amazing, that you, who have writ with such masterly {pirit upon the ruling Passion, should be so blind a Nave to your own, as not to see how far a low avarice of

Praise,&c. (taking it for granted that the notes of Scriblerus and others, were the author's own.) .

The author of the following poem, &c.] A very plain irony, speaking of Mr. Pope himself.”

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private authors of all the anonymous pieces, against him, and from his having in this poem attacked no man living, who had not before printed, or published, fome scandal against this gentleman.

How I came poffest of it, is no concern to the reader; but it would have been a wrong to him had I detained the publication; since those names which are its chief ornaments die off daily so fast, as must render it too soon unintelligible. If it provoke the author to give us a more perfect edition, I have my end.

Who he is I cannot say, and (which is a great pity) there is certainly f nothing in his style and manner of writing, which can distinguish or discover him: For if it bears any resemblance to that of Mr. Pope, 'tis not improbable but it might be done on purpose, with a view to have it pass for his. But by the frequency of his allusions to Virgil, and a la. boured (not to say affected) Shortness in imitation of him, I should think him more an admirer of the Roman poet than of the Grecian, and in that not of the fame taste with his friend.

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. The publisher in these words went a little too far: but it is certain whatever names the reader finds that are unknown to him, are of such : and the exception is only of two or three, whose dulness, impudent scurrilities, or felf-conceit, all mankind agreed to have justly entitled them to a place in the Dunciad. . W.

? There is certainly nothing in his style, &c.] This irony had small effect in concealing the author. The Dunciad, imperfect as it was, had not been published two days, but the whole Town gave it to Mr. Pope.

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I have been well informed, that this work was the labour of full & fix years of his life, and that he wholly retired himself from all the avocations and pleasures of the world, to attend diligently to its correction and perfection; and six years more he intended to bestow upon it, as it should seem by this verse of Statius, which was cited at the head of his manuscript,

Oh mihi bissenos multum vigilata per annos,

Dunciah! Hence also we learn the true title of the poem ; which with the same certainty as we call that of Homer the Iliad, of Virgil the Aeneid, of Camoens the Lusiad, we may pronounce, could have been, and can be no other than

The DUNCIAD.

& The labour of full fix years, &c.] This also was honestly and seriously believed by divers gentlemen of the Dunciad. J. Ralph, pref. to Sawney : “ We are told it was the labour of six years, with the utmost afliduity and application : It is no great compliment to the author's sense, to have employed fo large a part of his life,” &c. So also Ward, pref. to Durgen : “ The Dunciad, as the publisher very wisely confeffes, cost the author fix years retirement from all the pleasures of life; though it is somewhat difficult to conceive, from either its bulk or beauty, that it could be so long in hatching, &c. But the length of time and closeness of application were mentioned to prepossess the reader with a good opinion of it.”

They just as well understood what Scriblerus said of the Poem.

W. The prefacer to Curl's Key, p. 3. took this word to be really in Statius : " By a quibble on the word Duncia, the Dunciad is formed.” Mr. Ward also follows him in the same opinion.”

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It is styled Heroic, as being doubly so; not only with respect to its nature, which, according to the best rules of the ancients, and strictest ideas of the moderns, is critically such ; but also with regard to the heroical disposition and high courage of the writer, who dared to stir up such a formidable, irritable, and implacable race of mortals.

There may arise some obscurity in chronology from the Names in the poem, by the inevitable removal of fome authors, and insertion of others, in their niches. For whoever will consider the unity of the whole design, will be sensible, that the poem was not made for these authors, but these authors for the poem. I should judge that they were clapped in as they rose, fresh and fresh, and changed from day to day; in like manner as when the old boughs wither, we thrust new ones into a chimney.

I would not have the reader too much troubled or anxious, if he cannot decypher them; since when he shall have found them out, he will probably know no more of the perfons than before.

Yet we judged it better to preserve them as they are, than to change them for fictitious names ; by which the satire would only be multiplied, and applied to many instead of one. Had the Hero, for instance, been called Codrus, how many would have affirmed him to have been Mr. T. Mr. E. Sir R. B. &c. but now all that unjust scandal is saved by calling him by a name, which by good luck happens to be that of a real person.

A LIST of BOOKS, PAPERS, and VERSES, in which our Author was abused, before the Publi, cation of the DUNCIAD; with the true Names

of the Authors. DEFLECTIONS critical and fátyrical on a late Rhap

fody, called, An Essay on Criticism. By Mr. Dennis, printed by B. Lintot, price 6d.

A new Rehearsal, or Bays the younger ; containing an Examen of Mr. Rowe's plays, and a word or two on Mr. Pope's Rape of the Lock. Anon. [By Charles Gildon] printed for J. Roberts, 1714, price

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Homerides, or a Letter to Mr. Pope, occasioned by his intended translation of Homer, By Sir Iliad Dogrel [Tho.Burnet and G.Ducket, esquires.] printed for W. Wilkins, 1715, price gd. .

Æsop at the Bear-garden ; a vision, in imitation of the Temple of Fame, by Mr. Preston. Sold by John Morphew, 1715, price 6d. ,

The Catholic Poet, or Protestant Barnaby's Sorrowful Lamentation; a Ballad about Homer's Iliad. By Mrs. Centlivre, and others, 1715, price id.

An Epilogue to a Puppet-shew at Bath, concerning the said Iliad. By George Ducket, esq; printed by E. Curl. X2

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