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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 constantly derived a vanity; and therefore was the man in the world who would least be hurt by it. W. W.
Printed in the Journals, 1730.
Whereas, upon occasion of certain pieces relating to the gentlemen of the Dunciad, some have been willing to suggest, as if they had 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 pro- cures 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,
OF MR. DRYDEN AND MR. POPE,
As drawn by certain of their cotemporaries.
MR. DRYDEN, HIS POLITICS, RELIGION, MORALS. MR. Dryden is a mere renegado from monarchy, poetry, and good sense*. A true republican son of monarchial church t. A republican Atheisti. Dryden was from the beginning an Αλλοπρόσαλλος, and I doubt not will continue so to the last|l.
In the poemcalled Absalom and Achithopel, are notoriously traduced the King, the Queen, the Lords and Gentlemen, not only their honourable persons exposed, but the whole nation and its representatives notoriously libelled. It is scandalum magnatum, yea of Majesty itself to
He looks upon God's gospel as a foolish fable, like the Pope, to whom he is a pitiful purveyor**. His very Christianity may be questionedft. He ought to expect more severity than other men, as he is most unmerciful in his own reflections on others. I. With as good a right as his Holiness, he sets up for poetical infalibility|| II.
* Milbourn on Dryden's Virgil, 8vo. 1698. p. 6. + Ib. p. 38. Ib. p. 192. || Ib. p. 8.
Whip and Key, 4to, printed for R. Janeway, 1682, Pref. ** Ibid. tt Milbourn, p. 9. ** Ib. p. 175.
!!!! Ib. p. 39.
OF MR. POPE AND MR. DRYDEN,
As drawn by certain of their cotemporaries.
Morais. Mr. Pope is an open and mortal enemy to his country, and the commonwealth of learning*. Some call him a Popish Whig, which is directly inconsistentt. Pope, as a Papist, must be a Tory and a High-flyert. He is both Whig and Tory|l.
He hath made it his custom to cackle to more than one party in their own sentimentst.
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 Established Church, the present Ministry, &c. To make sense of some passages, they must be construed into royal scandal**.
He is a Popish rhymester, bred up with a contempt of the Sacred Writingstt. His religion allows him to destroy heretics, 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: 1 It deserved vengeance to suggest, that
*Dennis, Rem, on the Rape of the Leck, pref. p. 12, Dunciad Dissected. Pref. to Gulliveriana. Dennis, Character of Mr. P. Theobald, Letter in Mist's Journal, June 22, 1728. **List at the end of a Cola lection of Verses, Letters, Advertisements, 8vo.--printed for A. Moore, 1728, and the prefạce to it, p.6. ++ Dennis's Remarks on Homer, p. 27. 11 Preface to Gulliveriana, p. 11.
Mr. DRYDEN only a versifier. His whole libel is all bad matter, beautified (which is all that can be said of it) with good metre*. 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 questiont.
Mr. Deyden's Virgil. Tonson calls it Dryden's Virgil, to shew that this is not that Virgil so admired in the Augustan age, but a Virgil of another stamp, a silly, impertinent, nonsensical writert. None but a Bavius, a Mævius, or a Bathyllus, carped at Virgil; and none but such unthinking vermin admire his Translatoril. It is true, soft 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 closeness of expression; not an ambling Muse running on carpet-ground, and shod as lightly as a Newmarket racer. He has numberless faults in his author's meaning, and in propriety of expressiont.
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 childish a paraphrase**. The meanest pedant in England would whip a lubber of twelve for construing so
*Whip and Key, Pref. Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 84. IMilbourn, p. 2. Hlb. p. 35. +b. p. 22, and 392. **Ib. p. 72.