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75 Wa5 Ejay which ot) to l, and ne de - poes. ay was, ; anostill ree Young of Pope ior of the rcely coun. h an attack com he invokes ope's Thirts ted in the
under still greater obligations, by the living of Shenfield in Effex, if it had become vacant.
The First Night concludes with this paffage
Dark, though not blind, like thee, o Meonides; Or Milton, thee. Ah! could I reach
your strain; Or his who made Meonides our own!
Man too he sung. Immortal man I fing. · Oh had he preft his theme, pursued the
To the author of these lines Dr. Ware ton chose, in 1756, to dedicate his Ejay on the Writings and Genius of Pope, which attempted (whether justly, or not) to pluck from Pope his Wing of Fire, and to reduce him to a rank at least one degree lower than the class of Englifh poets. Though the first edition of this Essay was, for particular reasons, suppressed; another was printed.. The Dedication still remained. To suppose therefore that Young approved of Warton's opinion of Pope is not unnatural. Yet the author of the passage juft quoted would scarcely countenance, by-patronage, such an attack upon the fame of him whom he invokes as his Musé. Part of Pope's Third Book of the Odysses, deposited in the Museum, is written upon the back of a Letter figned E. Young, which is clearly the hand-writing of our Young. The Letter, dated only May the 2d, seems obscure; but there can be little doubt that the friendship he requests was a literary one *, and that he had the highest. literary opinion of Pope..
5 Dear Sir, May the 2d. “ Having been often from home, I * know "not if you have done me the “ favour of calling on me. But, be " that as it will, I much want that in“ stance of your friendship I mentioned “ in my last; a friendship I am very sen“ fible I can receive from no one but « yourself. I should not urge this thing
* I am told that it was a Prologue for one of his Tragedies.
*s so much but for very particular rea.“ fons; nor can you be at a loss to con“ceive how a trifle of this nature may -56 be of serious moment to me; and “while I am in hopes of the great ad, “ vantage of your advice about it, I “ shall not be so absurd as to make any “ further step without it. I know you “ are much engaged, and only hope to “hear of you at your entire leisure.
“I am, Şir, 66 Your most faithful: . 66 and obedient Servant, :
" E. YOUNG,"
Nay, even after Pope's death, he says, in Night Seven: Pope, who could't make immortals, art thou dead?