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-He has numberlefs faults in his Author's meaning, and in propriety of expreffion'.
Mr DRYDEN understood no Greek nor Latin.
Mr Dryden was once, I have heard, at Westminster school: Dr Busby would have whipt him for so child. ish a Paraphrase p. The meanest Pedant in England would whip a Lubber of twelve for construing fo abfurdly 4. The Translator is mad, every line betrays his Stupidity". The faults are innumerable, and convince me that Mr Dryden did not, or would not understand his Authors. This shews how fit Mr D. may be to translate Homer!
A mistake in a single letter might fall on the Printer well enough, but öxwp for ixwp must be the error of the Author : Nor had he art enough to correct it at the Press t, Mr Dryden writes for the Court-Ladies-He writes for the Ladies, and not for use 4,
The Translator puts in a little. Burlefque now and then into Virgil, for a ragout to his cheated Subfcribers w.
Mr DRYDEN trick'd his Subscribers.
I wonder that any man, who could not but be confeious of his own unfitness for it, should go to amufe 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
o Pag. 22, and 192.
s Pag. 206.
He hath a knack at simooth verse, but without ei. ther Genius or good lense, 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 fo much in vogue, has neither fense in his Thoughts, nor English in his Expresfions.
Mr POPE understood no Greek.
He hath undertaken to translate Homer from the Greek, of which he knows not one word, into Eng. lish, of which he underftands as little P. I wonder how this Gentleman would look, should it be discover'd, that he has not translated ten verfes together in any
book of Horner with justice to the Poet, and yet be dares reproach lois fellow-writers with not understanding Greek 9 He has stuck fo little to his Original as to have his knowledge in Greek call'd in question. I hould be glad to know which it is of all Homer's Excellencies which has fo delighted the Ladies, and the Gentlemen who judge like Ladies s.
But he has a notable talent at Burlesque; his genius slides so naturally into it, that he hath burlesqued Homer without deligning it t.
Mr POPE trick'd his Subscribers.
'Tis indeed fomewhat bold, and almost prodigious, o Character of Mr P. p. 17. 1728. and Remarks on
r Suppl. to the Profund, P. 91.
Pref. p. Dennis's Remarks on How s Oldmixon, Essay on Critimer, p. 12.
cism, p. 66. 9 Daily Jour. April 23. Dennis's Remarks, p. 28.
be imposed upon, merely by a partially and un seasonably celebrated Name x, Poetis guidlibit audendi shall be Mr Drydens Motto, though it should extend to picking of pockets y.
Name: bestowed on Mr DRYDEN. An Ape] A crafty Ape drest up in 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.
A Frog.] Poet Squab endued with Poet Maro's Spirit! an ugly, croaking kind of Vermin, which would swell to the bulk of an Ox b.
A COWARD.] A Clinias or a Damætas, or a man of Mr Dryden's own Courage c.
A KNAVE.] Mr Dryden has heard of Paul, the Knave of Jesus Christ: And if I mistake not, I've read somewhere of John Dryden, Servant to his Majesty d. A Fool.] Had he not been such a self-conceited Foole,
Some great Poets are positive Blockheads f. A THING.] So little a Thing as Mr Dryden 8.
x Pag. 192.
c Pag. 176.
for a smgle man to undertake such a work: But 'tis too late to dissuade, by demonstrating the madness of the Project. The Subscribers expectations have been rais’d in proportion to what their Pockets have been drain'd of u Pope has been concern'd in Jobs, and hired out his Name to Booksellers w.
Names bestow'd on Mr POPE. An Ape.] Let us take the initial letter of his Christian name, and the initial and final letters of his fur. name, viz. APE, and they give you the same Idea of an Ape as his Face *, &c.
An Ass.] It is my duty to pull off the Lion's fkin from this little Ass y.
A Frog.] A squab Thort Gentleman -a little creature that, like the Frog in the Fable, swells,land is angry that it is not allow'd to be as big as an Ox 2.
A COWARD.] A lurking way-laying coward a.
A KNAve. He is one whom God and nature have -mark'd for want of common honesty b.
A Fool.] Great Fools will be christen’d by the names of great Poets, and Pope will be call’d Homerc.
A THING.) A little abject Thing ".
u Homerides, p. 1, &c. z Dennis's Rem. on the
w British Journ. Nov. 25. Rape of the Lock, Pref. p. 9. 1727.
à Char. of Mr P. pa: 3. x Dennis, Daily Journal, b Ibid. May ii. 1728.
c Denois's Rem on Himer, ý Dennis, Rem. on Hom. p. 37. Pref.
a Ibid. p. 8.
The first number shews the Book, the second