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gether in any book of Homer with justice to the Poet, and yet he dares reproach his fellow-writers with not understanding Greek . He has stuck fo 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 notable talent at Burlesque ; his genius slides so naturally into it, that he hath burlesqued Homer without designing it.
Mr. POPE trick'd his Subscribers. 'Tis indeed somewhat bold, and almost prodigious, for a fingle man to undertake fuch a work: But 'tis too late to diffuade by demonstrating the madness of the Project. The Subscribers expectations have been raised in proportion to what their Pockets have been drained of u. Pope has been
concerned in Jobs, and hired out his Name to Book- sellers .
• Names bestowed on Mr. POPE. An Ape] Let us take the initial letter of his Christian name, and initial and final letters of his
4 Daily Jour. April 23, 1728. * Suppl. to the Profund, Pref. s Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 66. i Dennis's Remarks, p. 28. u Homerides, p. 1. &c.
British Journ, Nov. 250 1727.
with-None but Apish and Papish brats will heed him 2.
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
A Knave.] Mr. Dryden has heard of Paul, the Knave of Jesus Christ : And if I mikafte not, I've read somewhere of John Dryden, Servant to his Majeftyd.
A Fool.] Had he not been such a self-conceited Fool :—Some great Poets are positive. Blockheads f.
A Thing.) So little a Thing as Mr. Dryden 8.
z Whip and Key, Pref. c Pag. 176.
b a Milb. p. 105:
Pag. 11. e Whip and Key, Pr.
d P. 57.
f Milb. p. 34•
g Ibid. p. 35.
surname, 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 skin from this little Ass y.
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 2.
A COWARD.] A lurking-way-laying coward 2.
A Knave.] He is one whom God and nature have marked for want of common honesty b.
A Fool.] Great Fools will be christened by the names of great Poets, and Pope will be called Homerc
A THING.] A little abject Thing d.
* Dennis, Daily Journal, May 11, 1728. ☆ Dennis's Rem, on Hom. Pref. 2 Dennis's Rem, on the Rape of the Lock, Pref. p. 9.
a Char. of Mr. P. pag. 3. b Ibid, c Dennis Rem, on Homer p. 37.
d Ibid. p. 8.
The first number shews the Book, the second
Attila, iii. 92.
Bentley, Thomas, ii. 205;