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he employed some underlings to perform what, | morality), to wit, plagiarism, from the inventive according to his proposals, should come from his and quaint-conceited own hands." To which heavy charge we can in

JAMES-MOORE SMITH, GENT. truth oppose nothing but the words of

“ Upon reading the third voluine of Pope's MR. POPE'S PROPOSAL POR THE ODYYSSEY (PRINTED Miscellanies, I found five lines which l-thought BY J. WATTS, JAN, 10, 1724.)

excellent; and happening to praise them, a gen" I take this occasion to declare that the subscrip- tleman produced a modern coinedy (the Rival tion for Shakespeare belongs wholly to Mr. Ton- Modes) published last year, where were the same son: and that the benefit of this proposal is not verses to a tittie. solely for my own use, but for that of two of my “ These gentlemen are undoubtedly the first plafriends, who have assisted me in this work.” But giaries, that pretend to make a reputation hy these very gentlemen are extolled above our poet stealing from a man's works in his own life-time, himself in another of Mist's Journals, March 30, and out of a public print '." Let us join to this 1728, saying, “ That he would not advise Mr. what is wrin u by the author of the Rival Modes, Pope to try the experiment again of getting a great the said Mr. James-Moore Smith, in a letter to part of a book done by assistants, lest those ex- our author bimself, who had informed him a traneous parts should unhappily ascend to the sub- month before that play was acted, Jan. 27, 1726-7, Jime, and retard the declension of the whole." that “ These verses, which he had before given Behold! these underlings are become good him leave to insert in it, would be known for his, writers!

soine copies being got abroad. He desires, neverIf any say, that before the said proposals wore theless, that since the lines had been read in his printed, the subscription was begun without de- comedy to several, Mr. P. would not deprive it claration of such assistance; verily those who set of them,” &c. Surely, if we add the testimoit on foot, or (as the terın is) secured it, to wit, nies of the lord Bolingbroke, of the lady to whom the right honourable the lord viscount Harcourt, the said verses were originally addressed, of Hugh were he living, would testify, and the right ho- Bethel, Esq. and others, who knew them as our nourable the lord Bathurst, now living, doth tes author's, long before the said gentleman composed tify, the same is a falsehood.

his play; it is hoped, the ingenuous, that affect Sorry I am, that persons professing to be learn- not errour, will rectify their opinion by the suffrage ed, or of whatever rank of authors, should either of so honourable personages, falsely tax, or be falsely taxed. Yet let us, who And yet followeth another charge, insinuating are only reporters, be impartial in our citations, no less than his enmity both to church and state, and proceed.

which could come from no other inforıner than MIST'S JOURNAL, JUNE 8, 1728,

the said “ Mr. Addison raised this author from obscurity, obtained him the acquaintance and friendship

" The Memoirs of a Parish Clerk was a very of the whole body of our nobility, and transferred dull and unjust abuse of a person who wrote in bis powerful interests with those great men to this defence of our religion and constitution, and who rising bard, who frequently levied by that means has been dead many years?.” This seemeth also unusual contributions on the public." Which most untruc; it being known to divers that these surely cannot be, if, as the author of the Dunciad Memoirs were written at the seat of the lord HarDissected reporteth, Mr. Wycherley had before court in Oxfordshire, before that excellent person introduced him into a familiar acquaintance with (bishop Burnett's) death, and many years before the greatest peers and brightest wits then liv- the appearance of that history, of which they are ing."

pretended to be an abuse. Most true it is, that “ No sooner (saith the same journalist) was bis Mr. Moore had such a design, and was himself the body lifeless, but this author, reviving his resent- man who prest Dr. Arbuthnot and Mr. Pope to ment, libelled the memory of his departed friend; assist him therein; and that he borrowed 'those and what was still more heinous, made the scan- memoirs of our author, when that history caine dal public.” Grievous the accusation! unknown forth, with intent to turn them to such abuse. the accuser! the person accused, no witness in his But being able to obtain from our author but one own cause ; the person, in whose regard accused, single hint, and either changing his mind, or havdead! But if there be living any one nobleman ing more mind than ability, he contented himself whose friendship, yea any one gentleman whose to keep the said memoirs, and read them as his subscription, Mr. Addison procured to our author, own to all his acquaintance. A nohle person there let bim stand forth, that truth may appear is, into whose company Mr. Pope once chanced Amicus Plato, amicus Socrates, sed magis amica to introduce him, who well remembereth the converitas. In verity, the whole story of the libel is versation of Mr. Moore to have turned upon the a lie; witness those persons of integrity, who, se. “ contempt he had for the work of that reverend veral years before Mr. Addison's decease, did see prelate, and how fall he was of a design he deand approve of the said verses, in no wise a libel, clared himself to have of exposing it.” This nobut a friendly rebuke sent privately in our author's ble person is the earl of Peterborougb. own hand to Mr. Addison himself, and never inade Here in truth should we crave pardon of all the public, till after their own journals, and Curll had foresaid right honourable and worthy personages, printed the same. One name alone, which I am for having mentioned them in the same page with here authorised to declare, will sufficiently evince such weekly riff-raff railers and rhymers; but that this truth, that of the right honourable the carl of we had their ever-honour'd commands for the Burlington.

Next is he taxed with a crime (in the opinion of * Daily Journal, March 18, 1728 some authors, I doubt, more heinous than any in ? Daily Journal, April 3, 1726.

MR. JAMES-MOORE SMITH.

SIMON HARCOURT.

same ; and that they are introduced not as wit- ( To the same tune also singeth that learned clerk, nesses in the controversy, but as witnesses that of Suffolk, cannot be controverted : not to dispute, but to

MR. WILLIAM BROOME, decide

Thus, nobly rising in fair Virtue's canse, Certain it is, that dividing our writers into two Froin thy own life transcribe th unerring laws'. classes, of such who were acquaintance, and of And, to close all, hear the reverend dean of St. such who were strangers to our author; the for- | Patrick's : mer are those who speak well, and the other those

“ A soul with every virtue fraught, who speak evil of him. Of the first class, the

By patriots, priests, and poets taught. most noble

Whose til al piety excells
JOHN DI' KE OF BUCKINGHAM

Whatever Grecian story tells. sums up his character in these lines :

A genius for each business fit, And yet so wondrous, so sublime a thing,

Whose meanest talent is his wit,” &c. As the great Iliad, scarce could mak, me sing,

Let us now recreate thee by turning to the other Unless I justly could at once commend

side, and showing his character drawn by those A good companion, and as firm a friend;

with whom he never conversed, and whose counOne moral, or a mere well-natur'd deed,.

tenances he could not know, though turned against Cav all desert in sciences exceed !.

him : first again commencing with the high So also is he decyphered by the honourable

voiced and never enough quoted

MR. JOHN DENNIS, Say, wondrous youth, what column wilt thou

Who, in his Reflections on the Fssay on Criticism, chuse,

thus describeth him : “A little affected hypoWhat laurel'd arch, for thy triumphant Muse?

crite, who has nothing in his mouth but candour, Though each great ancient court thee to his

truth, friendship, good-nature, humanity, and shrine,

magnanimity. He is so great a lover of falsehood, Though every laurel through the dome be thine,

that, whenever he has a mind to calumniate his Go to the good and just, an awful train !

contemporaries, he brands them with some defect 'Thy soul's delight?,Recorded in like manner for his virtuous disposi- for which all their friends and acquaintance com

which was just contrary to some good quality, tion, and gentle bearing, by the ingenious

mended them. He seems to have a particular MR. WALTER HART,

pique to people of quality, and authors of that in this apostrophe : Oh! ever worthy, ever crown'd with praise ! Omer's.”_But in the character of Mr. P. and

rank.--He must derive his religion from St. Bist in thy life, and blest in all thy lays,

his writings (printed by S. Popping, 1716) he Add, that the Sisters every thought retine,

saith, “ Though he is a professor of the worst reAnd ev'n thy life be faultless as thy line,

ligion, yet he laughs at it;" but that, “ Yet Envy still with tiercer rage pursues,

theless, he is a virulent papist; and yet a pillar Obscures the virtue, and d. fames the Muse,

for the church of England.” A sou! like thise, in pain, in grief, resign'd,

Of both which opinions Views with just s orn the malice of mankind ?. 'The witty and moral satirist

seems also to be; declaring in Mist's Journal of DR. EDWARD YOUNG,

June 90, 1719, " That, if he is not shrewdly wishing some check to the corruption and evil abused, he made it his practice to cackle to both manners of the times, caileth out upon our poet to

parties in their own sentiments." But, as to his undertake a task so worthy of his virtue:

piqu against people of quality, the same jourWhy slumbers Pope, ubo leads the Muses'

nalist doth not agree, but saith (May 8, 1728), train,

" He had by some means or other, the arquaintNor hears that Virtue, which he loves, com

ance and friendship of the whole body of our no

bility.” MR. MALLET,

However contradictory this may appear, Mr. in his Epistle on Verbal Criticism : (lays;

Dennis and Gildon, in the character last cited; Whose life, severely scann'd, transcends his

make it all plain, by assuring us, " That he is a For wit supreme, is buit his second praise.

creature that reconciles all contradictions: he is MR. HAMMOND, that delicate and correct imitator of Tibullus, in writer (at one and the same tiine) of Guar tians

a beast, and a man; a Whig, and a Tory; a his Lore Flegies, Elegy xiv.

and Examiners?; an asserter of liberty, and of the Now, fir’d by Pope and Virtue, leave the age,

dispensing power of kings; a jesuitical professor In low pursuit of self-undoing wrong,

of truth; a hase and a foul pretender to candour." And trace the author through liis moral page, Whose blameless life still answers to his song.

So that, upon the whole account, we must enn.

clude him either to have been a great hypocrite, MR. THOMSON,

or a very honest man ; a terrible imposer upon in his elegant and philosophical poem of the Sea

both parties, or very moderate to either.

Be it as to the judicious reader shall seem good. Althougly not sweeter his own Homer sings,

Sure it is, he is little faroured of certain authors, Yet is his life the more endearing song.

whose wrath is perilous: for one declares he ought 1 Verses to Mr. P. on his translation of Homer.

to have a price set on his head, and to be hunted ? Poem prefixed to his works. ' In his poenis, printed for B. Lintot.

* In his poems, and at the end of the Odyssey. * Universal Passion, Sat. i.

2 The names of two weekly papers.

never

MR. LEWIS TIEOBAID

plain *?

sons

THE AUTHOR OF A LETTER TO MR. CIBBER.

poem?

down as a wild beast'. Another protests that he

MR. OLDMIXON does not know what may happen; advises bim to calls him a great master of our tongue ; deensure his person; says, he has bitter enemies, clares “ the purity and perfection of the English and expressly declares it will be well if he escapes language to be found in his Homer; and, saying with his life. One desires he would cut his own there are more good verses in Dryden's Virgil than throat, or hang himself! But Pasquin seemed in any other work, except this of our author rather inclined it should be done by the govern- only '." ment, representing him engaged in grievous designs with a lord of parliament then under pro- says, Pope was so good a versifier (once] secution 4 Mr. Dennis himself hath written to that, his predecessor Mr. Dryden, and his cona ininister, that he is one of the most dangerous temporary Mr. Prior excepted, the harmony of persons in this kingdom'; and assureth the pub- his numbers is equal to any body's. And, that lic, that he is an open and mortal enemy to his he had all the merit, that a man can have that country; á monster, that will, one day, show as way?.” And daring a soul as a mad Indian, who runs a muck

MR. THOMAS COOKE, to kill the first Christian he meets. Another after much blemishing our autbor's Homer, crieth gives information of treason discovered in his out,

Mr. Curll boldly supplies an imperfect But in his other works what beauties sbine, versc with kings and princesses . And one Matthew While sweetest music dwells in every line ! Concanen, yet more impudent, publishes at length These he adınir'd, on these he stamp'd his praise, the two most sacred names in this nation, as And bade thein live to brighten future days ?. members of the Dunciad!!

So also one who takes the name of This is prodigious ! yet it is almost as strange,

H. STANHOPE, that in the midst of these invectives his greatest the maker of certaio verses to Duncan Campbell, enemies have (I know not how) borne testimony in that poem, which is wholly a satire upon Mr, to some merit in him.

Pope, confesseth,
MR. THEOBALD,

'Tis true, if finest notes alone could show in censuring his Shakespeare, declares, “ He has (Tun'd justly high, or regularly low) so great an esteem for Mr. Pope, and so high an That we should fame to these mere vocals give; opinion of his genius and excellencies; that, not- Pope more than we can offer should receive : withstanding he professes a veneration almost rising For when some gliding river is his theme, to idolatry for the writings of this inimitable poet, His lines run smootber than the smoothest he would be very loth even to do him justice,

stream, &c. at the expense of that other gentleman's cha

MIST'S JOURNAL, JUNE 8, 1728. racter 0."

Although he says,

“ The smooth numbers of the MR. CHARLES CILDON,

Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor has it after having violently attacked him in many pieces, any other merit ;" yet that same paper hath these at last came to wish from his heart, “ That-Mr. words ; “ The author is allowed to be a perfect Pope would be prevailed upon to give us Ovid's master of an easy and elegant versification. In Epistles by his hand, for it is certain we see the all his works we find the most happy turns, and original of Sappho to Phaon with much more life natural similies, wonderfully short and thick and likeness in his version, than in that of sir Car sown." Scrope. And this (he adds) is the more to be The Essay on the Dun iad also owns, p. 25. it wished, because in the English tongue we have is very full of beautiful images. But the panescarcely any thing truly and naturally written gyric, which crowns all that can be said on this upon love'l He also, in taxing sir Richard Black- poem,

, is bestowed by our laureate, more for his heterodox opinions of Homer, chal

MR. COLLEY CiBerr, lengeth him to answer what Mr. Pope hath said who “grants it to be a better poem of its kind in his preface to that poet.

than ever was writ:" but ad Is, “ it was a victory

ovir a parcel of poor wretches, whom it was al? Theobald, Letter in Mist's Journal, June 22, ways cowardice to conquer.--A man might as well 1728.

triumph for having killed so many silly flies that Smedley, Pref. to Gulliveriana, p. 14. 16. offended him. Could he hare let them alone, by 3 Gulliveriana, p. 332. 4 Anno 1723. this time, poor souls ! they had all been buried Anno 1729.

6 Preface to Rem. on the in oblivion." Here we see our excellent laureate Rape of the Lock, p. 12. and in the last page of allows the justice of the satire on every man in it, that treatise.

but himself; as the great Mr. Dennis did before Page 6, 7. of the Preface, by Concanen, to him. a book called, A Collection of all the Letters, Es- The said says, Verses, and Advertisements, occasioned

MR. DENNIS AND MR. GILDON, by Pope and Swift's Miscellanies. Printed for A. in the most furious of all their works (the foreMoore, octavo, 1712.

* Key to the Dunciarl, 3d edit. p. 18.
' A List of Persons, &c. at the end of the fore-

"In his prose Essay on Criticism. mentioned Collection of all the Litters, Essays,

2 Printed by J. Roberts, 1742, p. 11. &c.

3 Battle of the Poets, fulio, p. 15. 10 Introduction to his Shakespeare Restored, in

* Printed under the title of the Progress of quarto, p. 3. "? Commentary on the duke of Buckingham's

Dulness, duonkerimo, 178. Essay, octavo, 1721. p. 97, 98.

" Cibber's Letter to Mr. Pope, p. 9, 12

2

BESALEEL MORRIS.

cited character, p. 5.) do in concert' confess, this Essay meets with!..I can safely affirm, “ That some men of good understanding value that I never attacked any of these writings, onhim for his rhymes." And (p. 17.) “ that he has less they had success infinitely beyond their got, like Mr. Bays in the Rehearsal (that is, like merit. This, though an empty, has been a Mr. Dryden), a notable knack at rhyrning, and popular scribbler. The epidemic madness of writing smooth verse."

the times has given him reputation. If, after Of his Essay on Man, numerous were the the cruel treatment so many extraordinary men praises bestowed by his avowed enemies, in the (Spenser, Lord Bacon, Ben Jonson, Milton, imagination that the same was not written by hirn, Butler, Otway, and others) have received from as it was printed anonymously.

this country, for these last hundred years, I Thus sang of it even

should shift the scene, and show all that penury

changed at once to riot and profuseness; and Auspicious bard! while all adınire thy strain, inore squandered away upon one object, than All but the selfish, ignorant, and vain ;

would have satisfied the greater part of those I, whom no bribe to servile fattery drew, extraordinary men; the reader to whom this one Must pay the tribute to thy merit due: creature should be unknown, would fancy him a 'Thy Muse sublime, significant, and clear, prodigy of art and nature, would believe that all

Alike informs the soul and charms the ear, &c. the great qualities of these persons were centered And

in him alone. But if I should venture to assure MR. LEONARD WELSTED

him, that the people of England had made such thus wrote ? to the unknown author, on the first a choice--the reader would either believe me a publication of the said essay; I must own, after malicious enemy, and slanderer; or that the the reception which the vilest and most immoral reign of the last (queen Anne's) ministry was ribaldry hath lately met with; I was surprised to resigned by fate to encourage fools.” see what I had long despaired, a performance de- But it happens, that this our poet never had serving the name of a poet. Such, sir, is your any place, pension, or gratuity, in any shape, work. It is, indeed, above all commendation, from the said glorious queen, or any of her and ought to have been published in an age and ministers. All he owed, in the whole course of country more worthy of it. If my testimony be his life, to any court, was a subscription for his of weight any where, you are sure to have it in Homer, of 2001. from king George i. and 1001. the amplest manner,” &c. &c. &c.

from the prince and princess. Thus we see every one of his works hath been However, lest we imagine our Author's success extolled by one or other of his most inveterate was constant and universal, they acquaint us of enemies; and to the success of thein all they certaiu works in a less degree of repute, whereof, do unanimously give testimony. But it is suf- although owned by others, yet do they assure us ficient, instar omnium, to behold the great critic, he is the writer. Of this sort Mr. Dennis* ascribes Mr. Dennis, sorely laurenting it, even froin the to him two farces, whose names he does not tell, Essay on Criticism to this day of the Dunciad! but assures us that there is not one jest in them :

A most notorious instance (quoth he) of the and an imitation of Horace, whose title he does depravity of genius and taste, the approbation not mention, but assures us it is much more

execrable than all his works. The Daily Journal, i in concert] Hear how Mr. Dennis hath proved Durfey in the drama, because (as that writer

May 11, 1728, assures us, “ He is below Tom ont mistake in this place : concert with Mr. Gildon, I declare upon the ho- thinks) the Marriage-hater matched, and the pour and word of a gentleinan, that I never wrote

Boarding-school, are better than the What-i'yeso much as one line in concert with any one man

call-it ;" which is not Mr. P.'s, but Mr. Gay's. whatsoever. And these two letters from Gildon

Mr. Gildon assures us, in his New Rehearsal, p.

48. “ That he was writing a play of the lady will plainly show, that we are not writers in con

Jane Grey ;" but it afterwards proved to be Mr. cert with each other.

Rowe's. We are assured by another, “ He wrote SIR,

a pamphlet called Dr. Andrew Tripe' ;" which • The height of my ambition is to please men proved to be one Dr. Wagstaff's. Mr. 'Theobald of the best judgment; and tinding that I hare

assures us, in Mist of the 27th of April, “ That entertained my master agreeably, I have the ex

the treatise of the Profound is very dull, and that tent of the reward of my labour.'

Mr. Pope is the author of it.” The writer of

Gulliveriana is of another opinion; and says, * I had not the opportunity of hearing of your “ The whole, or greatest part, of the merit of excellent pamphlet till this day. I am infinitely this treatise must and can only be ascribed to satisfied and pleased with it, and hope you will | Gulliver”.” [Here, gentle reader! cannot I bi meet with that encouragement your admirable per- smile at the strange blindness and positiveness of forınance deserves,' &c.

CH. GILDON.' men; knowing the said treatise to appertain “ Now is it not plain that any one who sends

none other but to me, Martinus Scrisuch compliments to another, has not been used

blerus.) to rrite in partnership with him to whom he sends them ?” Dennis, Remarks on the Dunciad, p. 50.

" Dennis, Pref. to his Reflect. on the Essay on

Criticism. Mr. Dennis is therefore welcome to take this piece to himself.

2 Preface to his Remarks on Homer.

Rem. on Homer, p. 8, 9. * Ib. p. 8. ? In a letter under his own hand, dated March

5 Character of Mr. Pope, p. 7. 12, 1733.

• Character of Mr. Pope, p. 6. Gulliv. p. 336.

sir,

to

We are assured, in Mist of June 8, “That | so is it of the most grave and ancient kind. his own plays and farces would bettor have Homer (saith Aristotle) was the first who gave adorned the Dunciad, than those of Mr. Theobald; the form, and (saith Horace) who adapted tho for he had neither genius for tragedy ner comedy." measure, to heroic poesy. But even before this, Which whether true or not, it is not easy to may be rationally presumed from what the anjudge; in as much as he had attempted neither. cients have left written, was a piece by Homer Unless we will take it for granted, with Mr. composed, of like nature and matter with this of Cibber, that his being once very angry at hearing our poet. For of epic sort it appeareth to have a friend's play abused, was an infallible proof the been, yet of matter surely not unpleasant, witplay was his own; the said Mr. Cibber thinking ness what is reported of it by the learned archit impossible for a man to be much concerned for bishop Eustathius, in Odyss. X. And accordingly any but himself : “Now let any man judge (saith Aristotle, in his Poetics, chap. iv. doth further he) by his concern, who was the true mother of set forth, that as the Iliad and Odyssey gave exthe child')

ample to tragedy, so did this poem to comedy its But from all that hath been said, the discerning first idea. reader will collect, that it little availed our From these authors also it should seem, that author to have any candour, since, when he de- the hero, or chief personage of it was no less clared he did not write for others, it was not obscure, and his understanding and sentiments no credited ; as little to have any modesty, since, less quaint and strange (if indeed not more so) when he declined writing in any way himself, the than any of the actors of our poem. Margites presumption of others was imputed to him. If he was the name of this personage, whom antiquity singly enterprised one great work, he was taxed recordeth to have been Dunce the first ; and surely of boldness and madness to a prodigy?: if he from what we hear of him, not unworthy to be took assistants in another, it was complained of, the root of so spreading a tree, and so numerous and represented as a great injury to the public? a posterity. The poem therefore celebrating him The loftiest heroics, the lowest ballads, treatises was properly and absolutely a Dunciad; which against the state or church, satires on lords and though now unhappily lost, yet is its nature suffi. ladies, raillery on wits and authors, squabbles ciently known by the infallible tokens aforesaid. with booksellers, or even full and true accounts of And thus it doth appear that the first Dunciad monsters, poisons, and murders; of any, hereof was the first epic poem, written by Homer himwas there nothing so good, nothing so bad, which self, and anterior even to the Iliad or Odyssey. hath not at one or other season been to him Now, forasmuch as our poet hath translated ascribed. If it bore no author's name, then lay those two famous works of Homer which are yet he concealed ; if it did, he fathered it upon that left, he did conceive it in some sort his duty to author to be yet better concealed : if it resembled imitate that also which was lost : and was thereany of his styles, then was it evident; if it did fore induced to bestow on it the same form which not, then disguised he it on set purpose. Yea, Homer's is reported to have had, namely, that of even direct oppositions in religion, principles, Epic Poem ; with a title also framed after the and politics, have equally been supposed in ancient Greek manner, to wit, that of Dunciad. him inherent. Surely a most rare and singular Wonderful it is, that so few of the modems character ; of which let the reader make what he have been stimulated to attempt some Dunciad !

since, in the opinion of the multitude, it might Doubtless most commentators would hence take cost less pain and toil than an imitation of the occasion to turn all to their author's advantage, greater epic. But possible it is also, that, on and from the testimony of his very enemies would due reflection, the maker might find it easier to affirm, that his capacity was boundless, as well paint a Charlemagne, a Brute, or a Godfrey, with as his imagination ; that he was a perfect master just pomp and dignity heroic, than a Margites, a of all styles, and all arguments; and that there Codrus, or a Fleckno. was in those times no other writer, in any kind, We shall next declare the occasion and the of any degree of excellence, save he himself. cause which moved our poet to this particular But as this is not our own sentiment, we shall work. He lived in those days, when (after Prodetermine on nothing but leave thee, gentle vidence had permitted the invention of pginting reader, to steer thy judgment equally between as a scourge for the sins of the learned) paper various opinions, and to chuse whether thou wilt also became so cheap, and printers so numerous, incline to the testimonies of authors avowed, or that a deluge of authors covered the land : whereby of authors concealed : of those who knew him, or not only the peace of the honest unwriting sub. of those who knew him not.

P. ject was daily molested, but unmerciful deinands

were made of his applause, yea of his morcy, by such as would neither earn the one, nor de

serve the other. At the same time, the licence MARTINUS SCRIBLERUS

of the press was such, that it grew dangerous to

refuse them either : for they would forthwith púbe This

poem, as it celebrateth the most grave and lish slanders unpunished, the authors being anoancient of things, Chaos, Night, and Dulness : nymous, and skulking under the wings of pub.

lishers, a set of men who neither scrupled to vend "Cibber's Letter to Mr. P. p. 19.

either calumny or blasphemy, as long as the town

would call for it. * Burnet's Homerides, p. 1. of his translation of the Iliad.

* Now our author, living in those times, did 3 The London and Mist's Journals, on bis nndertaking the Odyssey.

: Vide Bossu, Du Poeme Epique, chap. viii.

can.

OF THE POEM.

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