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, upon occasion of certain Pieces rela
ting to the Gentlemen of the Dunciad, fume 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 author's is no sort of abuse, but a great truth. We cannot alter this opinion without fome 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 fuch, from any three of his companions in the Dunciad, or from Mr Dennis singly, who is esteemed equal to any three of the number.
Mr DRYDEN and Mr POP E.
As drawn by certain of their Contemporaries.
Mr DRYDEN, His POLITICS, RELIGION, MORAL S.
R Dryden is a mere renegado from monarchy,
poetry, and good sense a. A true republican son of monarchical Church b. A republican Atheist . Dryden was from the beginning an αλλοπρόσαλλος, and I doubt not will continue so 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 perfonis espos’d, but the whole Nation and its RepRESENTATives notoriously libell'a. It is fcandalum magnatum, yea of MAJESTY itself,
He looks upon God's Gospel as a foollsh fable, like
a Milbourn on Dryden's Virgil, 8vo. 1698. p. 6.
b Pag. 38.
d Pag. 8.
e Whip and Key, 4to. printed for R. Janeway, 1682. Preface.
P A R A L L E L
Mr POPE and Mr DRY DEN.
As drawn by certain of their contemporaries,
Mr P OPE,
His POLITICS, RELIGION, MORAL S.
R Pupe is an open and mortal enemy to his
country, and the commonwealth of learninga. Some call him a popish whig, which is dire. Ily. inconlistent b. Pope, as a Papist, must be a tory and high flyer. He is both a whig and toryd,
He hath made it his custom to cackle to more than one party in their own sentiments e,
In his Miscellanies, the Persons abused are, The KING, the QUEEN, His late MAJESTY, both Houses of PARLIAMENT, the Privy Council, the Bench of Bishops, the Establish'd Church, the present Mi.
a Dennis's Rem. the c Preface to Gulliveriana. the Rape of the Lock, Pref. d Dennis, Character of MrP.
e Theobald, Letter in Mill's b Dunciad disse tid.
Journal, June 22. 1728.
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 h. With as good a right as his Holiness, he sets up for poetical in. fallibility i.
Mr DKYDEN only a Versifier. His whole Libel is all bad matter, beautified (which is all that can be said 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 DRYDEN'S VIRGIL.
Tonson calls it Dryden's Virgil, to shew that this is not that Virgil fo admir'd in the Augustean age; but a Virgil of another stamp, a filly impertinent, nonsenfical writer. None but a Bavius, a Mævius, or a Bathyllus carp'd at Virgil m; and none but such unthink. ing Vermin admire his Translator n. It is true, soft and easy lines might become Ovid's Epistles or Art or Love, But Virgil, who is all great and majestic, 66. requires strength of lines, weight of words, and closenefs of expressions; not an ambling Muse running on Carpet.ground, and shod as lightly as a Newmarket
Milbourn, p.9. Å Ibid. p. 175. i Pag. 39.
| Oldmixon, Essay on Criticilm, p. 84
m Milbouin, p 2.
k Whip and Key, Pref.
NISTRY, &c. To make Sense of some passages, they must be construed into ROYAL SCANIALf.
He is a Popish Rhymester, bred up with a contempt of the Sacred Writings 8. His Religion allows him to destroy Herteicks, not only with his pen, but with fire and sword ; and such were all those unhappy Wits whom he facrificed to his accursed Popish Principles h. It deserved Vengeance to fuggest, that Mr Pope had lefs Infallibity than his Namelike at 'Rome i.
Mr POPE only a Versifier. The smooth numbers of the Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor has it any other merit k. It must be owned that he hath got a notable knack of rhyming and writing smooth verse 1.
Mr POP E's HOME R. 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 fome Bog for his Hippo
He has no Adinirers among those that can distinguish, discern, and judge n.
f List, at the end of a Col- tion of Verses, Letters, &c. lection of Verses, Letters, Ad- po vertisements, 8vo. Printed for k Mift's Journal of June 8. A. Moore, 1728, and the Pre- 1728. face to it, p. 6.
I Character of Mr P. and g Dennis's Remarks on Ho. Dennis on Hom. mer, p. 27.
m Dinnis's Rem. on Pope's h Preface to Gulliveriana, Homer, p. 12.
n Ibid. p. 14
i Dedication to the Collec