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Hence also we learn the true title of the Poem; which, with the same certainty as we call that of Homer the Iliad, of Virgil the Æneid, of Camoens the Lusiad, we may pronounce could have been, and can be, no other than
THE DUNCIAD. It is styled Heroic, as being doubly so; not only with respect to its nature, which, according to the best rules of the Ancients, and strictest ideas of the Moderns, is critically such; but also with regard to the heroical disposition and high courage of the writer, who dared to stir up such a formidable, irritable, and implacable race of mortals.
There may arise some obscurity in chronology from the names in the Poem, by the inevitable removal of some authors, and insertion of others in their niches: for, whoever will consider the unity of the whole design, will be sensible that the Poem was not made for these authors, but these authors for the Poem. I should judge that they were clapped in as they rose, fresh and fresh, and changed from day to day; in like manner, as when the old boughs wither we thrust new ones into a chimney.
I would not have the reader too much troubled, or anxious, if he cannot decypher them; since, when he s'iall have found them out, he will probably know no more of the persons than before.
Yet we judged it better to preserve them as they are, than to change them for fictious names ; by which the satire would only be multiplied, and
applied to many instead of one. Had the Hero, for instance, been called Codrus, how many would have affirmed him to have been Mr.T. Mr.E. Sir R.B.? &e. but now all that unjust scandal is saved, by calling him by name which, by good luck, happens to be that of a real person.
BOOKS, PAPERS, AND VERSES, in wbich dur Aulbor was abused before the publicalion of the
Dunciad, witb ibe true names of the authors. REFLECTIONS, Critical and Satirical, on a late Rhapsody, called an Essay on Criticism. By Mr. Dennis. Printed by B. Lintot, price 6d.
A New Rehearsal ; or, Bayes the Younger; containing an Examen, of Mr. Rowe's plays, and a word or two on Mr. Pope's Rape of the Lock.--Anon. By Cbarles Gildon. Printed for J. Roberts, 1714, price is.
Homerides; or, A Letter to Mr. Pope, occasioned by his intended translation of Homer. By Sir Hiad Dogrel, Tho. Burnet and G. Ducket, Esquires. Printed for W. Wilkins, 1715, price gd.
Æsop at the Bear-garden ; a vision, in imitation of the Temple of Fame, by Mr. Presion. Sold by John Morphew, 1715, price 6d.
The Catholic Poet; or, Pratęstant Barnaby's sorrowful lamentation; a Ballad about Homer's Iliad. By Mrs. Centlivre and others, 1715, price id.
An Epilogue to a Puppet-show at Bath, concerning the said Iliad. By George Ducket, Esq. Printed by E. Curl.
A complete Key to the What-d'ye-call-it. Anon. By Griffin, a player; supervised by Mr. Tb---Printed by J. Roberts, 1715.
A true character of Mr. P. and his writings, in a letter to a friend, Anon. Dennis. Printed for S. Popping, 1716, price 3d.
The Confederates, a farce. By Joseph Gay.--J. D. Breval. Printed for R. Burleigh, 1717, price is.
Remarks upon Mr. Pope's Translation of Homer; with two Letters concerning the Windsor Forest, and the Temple of Fame. By Mr. Dennis. Printed for E. Curl, 1717, price is, 6d.
Satires on the Translators of Homer, Mr. P. and Mr. T. Anon. Bez, Morris. 1717, price 6d.
The Triumvirate; or, A Letter from Palæmon to Celia, at Bath. Anon. Leonard Welsted, 1711, folio, price is.
The Battle of Poets, an heroic poem. By Tbo. Cooke, Printed for J. Roberts, folio, 17?5.
Memoirs of Lilliput. Anon. Eliza Haywood, octavo, Printed in 1727.
An Essay on Criticism, in prose. By the author
of the Critical History of England. J. Oldmixon, octavo. Printed 1728.
Gulliveriana and Alexandriana; with an ample preface and critique on Swift and Pope's Miscellanies. By Jonatban Siedley. Printed by J. Roberts, octavo, 1728.
Characters of the Times: or, An Account of the Writings, Characters, &c. of several gentlemen libelled by S--- and P---, in a late Miscellany, octavo, 1728.
Remarks on Mr. Pope's Rape of the Lock, in Letters to a Friend. By Mr. Dennis; written in 1724, though not printed till 1728, octavo.
Verses, Letters, Essays, or Advertisements, in the public
British Journal, Nov. 25, 1727.
A letter on Swift and Pope's Miscellanies. Written by Mr. Concanen.
Daily Journal, March 18, 1728. A Letter by Philomauri, James-Moore Smitb.
Idem, March 29. A letter about Thersites, accusing the Author of disaffiction to the government. By James-Moore Smith.
Mist's Weekly Journal, March 30. An Essay on the Arts of a Poet's sinking in Reputation: or, A Supplement to the Art of sinking in Poetry. Supposed by Mr. Tbeobald.
Daily Journal, April 3. A Letter under the name of Philo-ditto. By James-Moore Smib.
Flying-Post, April 4. A Letter against Gulliver and Mr. P. By Mr. Oldmixvn.
Daily Journal, April 5. An Auction of Goods at Twickenham. By James-Moore Sinitb.
The Flying-Post, April 6. A Fragment of a Treatise upon Swift and Pope. By Mr. Oldmiron.
The Senator, April 9. On the same. By Edward Roome.
Daily Journal, April 8. Advertisement by Jamese Moore Smith.
Flying-Post, April 13. Verses against Dr. Swift, and against Mr. P---'s Homer. By J. Oldmiron.
Daily Journal, April 23. Letter about the Translation of the Character of Thersites in Homer. By Thomas Cooke, &c.
Mist's Weekly Journal, April 27. A Letter of Lewis Tbeobald.
Daily Journal, May 11, A Letter against Mr. P. at large. Anon. John Dennis.
All these were afterwards reprinted in a pamphlet, entitled, A Collection of all the Verses, Essays, Letters, and Advertisements, occasioned by Mr. Pope and Swift's Miscellanies, prefaced by Concanen. Anon. octavo, and printed for A. Moore, 1728, price is. Others, of an elder date, having lain as waste paper many years, were, upon the publication of the Dunciad, brought out, and their au