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it had, purely for want of a better, not entertaining the least expectation that such an one was reserved for this Poft, as has since obtained the Laurel : But since that had happened, he could no longer deny this justice either to him or the Dunciad.
And yet I will venture to say, there was another motive which had still more weight with our Author : This person was one, who from every Folly (not to say Vice) of which another would be ashamed, has conftantly derived a Vanity! and therefore was the man in the world who would least be hurt by it.
Printed in the JOURNALS, 1730. WHEREAS, upon occafion of certain Pieces re
lating to the Gentlemen of the Dunciad, some have been willing to suggest, as if they looked upon them as an abuse: we can do no less than own, it is our opinion, that to call these gentlemen bad authors is no sort of abuse, but a great truth. We cannot alter this opinion without some reason; but we promise to do it in respect to every person who thinks it an injury to be represented as no Wit, or Poet, provided he procures a Certificate of his being really such, from any three of his companions in the Dunciad, or from Mr. Dennis singly, who is esteemed equal to any three of the number. VOL. III. U
R. Dryden is a mere renegado from Monarchy, poetry, and good sense a.
A true republican son of monarchical Church b. A republican Atheist c. Dryden was from the beginning an anaompócandos, and I doubt not will continue fo to the last d.
In the Poem called Absalom and Achitophel are notoriously traduced, The King, the Queen, the LORDS and Gentlemen, not only their honourable persons exposed, but the whole Nation and its RePRESENTA
a Milbourn on Dryden's Virgil, 8vo, 1698, p. 6.
R. Pope is an open and mortal enemy to his
country and the commonwealth of learning a. Some call him a Popish whig, which is directly inconsistent b. Pope, as a Papist, must be a tory and high flyer c. He is both whig and tory d.
He hath made it his custom to cackle to more than
In his Miscellanies, the Perfo is abused are, The
a Dennis, Rem. on the Rape of the Lock, Pref. p. xii.
Theobald, Letter in Milt's Journals, June 22, 1728,
Tives notoriously libelled. It is scandalum magnatum, yea of MAJESTY itselfe,
He looks upon God's Gospel as a foolish fable, like the Pope, to whom he is a pitiful purveyor f. His very christianity may be questioned 8. He ought to expect more severity than other men, as he is most unmerciful in his own reflections on others b: With as good a right as his Holiness, he sets up for poetical infallibility i.
Mt. DRYĐEN only a Verfifier. His whole Libel is all bad matter, beautified (which is all that can be faid of it) with good metre k. Mr. Dryden's genius did not appear in any thing more than his Versification, and whether he is to be ennobled for that only, is a question!.
Mr. DR YDEN'S VIRGIL. Tonson calls it Dryden's Virgil, to thew that this is not that Virgil fo admired in the Augustan age; but a Virgil of another stamp, a filly, impertinent, nonfenfical writer. None but a Bavius, a Mævius, or a Bathyllus, carped at Virgil m; and none but such unthinking Vermin admire his Translator n. foft 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
It is true,
Whip and Key, 4to, printed for R. Janeway, 1682. Pref.
bIbid. p.175. f Ibid. s Milbourn, p. 9. i Pag. 39
* Whip and Key, Pref. i Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 84.
m Milbourn, p. 2. Pag. 35
of PARLIAMENT, the Privy-Council, the Bench of BISHOPS, the established CHURCH, the present MINISTRY, &c. To make Sense of some passages, they must be construed into ROYAL SCANDAL f.
He is a Popish Rhymester, bred up with a contempt of the sacred Writings 6. His Religion allows him to destroy Hereticks, not only with his pen, but with fire and sword; and such were all those unhappy Wits whom he sacrificed to his accursed Popish Principles h. It deserved vengeance to suggest, that Mr. Pope had less Infallibility, than his Namesake at Rome i.
Mr. POPE only a Versifier. The smooth numbers of the Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor bas it any other merit k. It must be owned that he hath got a notable knack of rhyming and writing smooth verse !,
Mr. POP E's HOMER. The Homer which Lintot prints, does not talk like Homer, but like Pope ; and he who tranlated him, one would swear, had a hill in Tipperary for his Parnassus, and a puddle in some Bog for his Hippocrene m. He has no Admirers among those that can distinguish, discern, and judge n.
f Lift, at the end of a Collection of Verses, Letters, Advertisments, 8vo. printed for A. Moore, 1728, and the Preface to it, p. 6. & Dennis's Remarks on Homer, p. 27
h Preface to Gulliveriana, p. 11. i Dedication to the Collection of Verses, Letters, &c. k Mist's Journal of June 8, 1728.
i Character of Mr. P. and Dennis on Hom. m Dennis's Remarks on Pope's Homes, p. 12.
· Ib. p. 14.