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absurdly*. „The Translator is mad, every line betrays his stupidityt. The faults are innumerable, and convince me that Mr. Dryden did not, or would not, understand his authort. This shows, how fit Mr. Dryden may be to translate Homer! A mistake in a single letter might fall on the printer well enough, but, sixwp for xip, must be the error of the author; mor had heart enough to correct it at the press|l. Mr. Dryden wsites for the court ladies---He writes for the ladies, and not for uset.

The Translator puts in a little burlesque now and then into Virgil, for a regout to his cheated Subscribers

Mr. DRYDEN tricked his subscribers. I wonder that any man, who.could not but be conscious of his own unfitness for it, should go to amuse 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 be imposed upon merely by a partially, and unseasonably celebrated namett. Poetis quidlibet audendi shall be Mr. Dryden's motto, though it should extend to picking of pockets II.

Name's bestowed on Mr. Dåydex.
An Ape.) A crafty ape drest up in a gawdy gown

*Milbourn, p. 203. ib. p. 78. Ib. p. 206. [Ib. p. 19. 1. Ib. P: 147, 190. **ib. p. 67. itib. p. 192. 111b. p. 125:

lish, of which he understands as little*. I wonder how this gentleman would look, should it be discovered that he has not translated ten verses together in any book of Homer, with justice to the poet; and get he dares reproach his fellow-writers with not understand. ing Greekt. He has stuck so little to his original, as to have his knowledge in Greek called in question. I should be glad to know, which it is of all Homer's excellencies which has so delighted the ladies and the gentlemen who judge like ladies/.

But he has a potable talent at burlesque; his genius slides so naturally into it, that he hath burlesqued Homer without designing itt.

Mr. Pope tricked bis subscribers. It is indeed somewhat bold, and almost prodigious, for a single man to undertake such a work: but it is too late to dissuade, by demonstrating the madness of the project. The subscribers’expectations have been rajõed in proportion to what their pockets have been drained of**. Mr. Pope has been concerned in jobs, and hired out his name to booksellerstt.

Names bestowed on Mr. Pope. An Ape.) Let us take the initial letter of his Christian name, and initial and final letters of his

*Dennis's Remarks on Homer, p. 12. +Daily Journal, April 23, 1728. ISuppl. to the Profound Preface, llolcmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 66. *Dennis's Remarks, p. 28. **Homerides, p. i, &c. 17British Journal, Nov. 25, 1727.

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---Whips put into an ape's paw to play pranks with-d None but apish and Papish 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 allt.

A FROG.] Poet Squab, endued with Poet Maroe's spirit! an ugly, croaking kind of vermin, which would swell to the bulk of an oxi.

A COWARD.] A Clinias, or a Damætus, or a man of Mr. Dryden's own couragell.

A KNAře.) Mr. Dryden has heard of Paul, the knave of Jesus Christ: and, if I mistake not, I have read somewhere of John Dryden, servant to his Majesty .

A Fool.). Had he not been such a self-conceited fool**.---Some great poets are positive blockheadstt. A THING.) So little a thing as Mr. Dryden II.

*Whip and Key, pref. +Milbourn, p. 105, Ib. p. 11.' Ib. p. 176. Ib. p. 57. : **Whip and Key, pref. At Milbourne, p. 34. 111b. p. 35.

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surname, viz. A. P E. and they give you the same idea of an ape as his face*, &C.

An Ass.] It is :my duty to pull of the lion's skin from this little asst.

A Frog.). A squab short gentleman a little creature, that, like the frog in the fable; swells; and is angry that it is not allowed to be as big as an ox:

A COWARD.) A lurking, way-laying cowardş.

A KNAvē.j' He is one whom God and Nature håvė marked for want of common honestyll.

A Fool.] Great fools will be christened by the names of great poets, and Pope will be called Ho

mer**

A Thing.) A little abject thingtt.

*Dennis's Daily Journal, May 11, 1728. Dennis's Rem. on Hom, pref. IDennis's Rem. on the Rape of the Lock. pref. p. 9. ŞChar. :of Mr. P. p. 3: l|Ibid. **Dennis's 'Rem. on Homer, p: 37. f+Ibid. .

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By virtue of tbe Authority in Us tested, by the Act for subjecting Poets to the Power of a Licenser, We bave revised this Piece; where, finding tbe style and appellation of KING to bave been given to a certain Pretender, Psuedo-Poet, or Phantom, of the name of TIBBALD; and apprebending the same may be deemed in some sort a reflection on Majesty, or, at least, an insult on ibat Legal Artbority, wbich bas bestowed on another Person the Crown of Poesy: We bave ordered the said Pretender, Psuedo-Poet, or Phantom, utterly to vanish end evaporate out of ibis Work; and do declare tbe said Tbrone of Poesy from benceforlb to be abdicated and vacant, unless duly and lawfully supplied by the LAUREATE himself. And it is bereby enacted, that no other person do presunie to fill the same,

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