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ledge of English. The qualities which distinguish Homer are the beauties of his diction and the harmony of his versification.-But this little author, who is so much in vogue, has neither sense in his thoughts, nor English in his expressions °.
Mr. POPE understood no Greek.
He hath undertaken to translate Homer from the Greek, of which he knows not one word, into English, of which he understands as little P. 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 yet he dares reproach his fellow-writers with not understanding Greek 9. 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 notable talent at burlesque; his genius slides so naturally into it, that he had burlesqued Homer without designing it.
Mr. POPE tricked his Subscribers.
'Tis indeed somewhat bold, and almost prodigious, for a single man to undertake such a work: but 'tis too late to dissuade by demonstrating the madness of the project. The subscribers' expectations have been raised in proportion to what their pockets have been
• Character of Mr. P. p. 17. and Remarks on Homer, p. 91. P Dennis's Rem. on Homer, p. 12.
Daily Journ. April 23, 1728.
* Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 66.
shall be Mr. Dryden's motto, though it should extend to picking of pockets".
Names bestowed on Mr. DRYDEN.
An APE.] A crafty ape drest up in a gaudy gown- Whips put into an ape's paw, to play pranks with-None but apish and papish brats will
heed him z.
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 alla.
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 mistake not, I've read somewhere of John Dryden, servant to His Majesty d
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 .
y Milbourn, page 125.
■ Milb. p. 105.
• Page 57.
f Milb. p. 34,
2 Whip and Key, Pref.
b Page II.
• Page 176.
drained of ". Pope has been concerned in jobs, and
hired out his name to booksellers w.
Names bestowed on Mr. POPE.
An APE.] Let us take the initial letter of his Christian name, and the initial and final letters of his 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 ".
A FROG.] A squab short gentleman-a little creature, that, like the frog in the fable, swells, and is that it is not allowed to be as big as an ox angry A COWARD.] A lurking way-laying coward "..
A KNAVE.] He is one whom God and nature have marked for want of common honesty b.
w British Journ. Nov. 25, 1727.
A FOOL.] Great fools will be christened by the names of great poets, and Pope will be called Homer. A THING.] A little abject thing d.
u Homerides, p. 1, &c.
y Dennis, Rem. on Hom. Pref.
z Dennis's Rem. on the Rape of the Lock, Pref. p. 9.
a Char. of Mr. P. page 3.
d Ibid. p. 8.
PERSONS celebrated in this POEM.
(The first Number shews the Book, the second the VERSE.]
Bruin and Bears, i. 101.
AMBROSE Philips, i 105.
Attila, iii. 92.
Alaric, iii. 91.
Alma Mater, iii. 338.
Annius, an antiquary, iv. 347.
Bladen, iv. 560.
Cibber, Colley, Hero of the
Cibber, jun iii. 139. 326.
Blackmore, Sir Richard, i. 104. Cooke, Thomas, ii. 138.
Chi Ho-am-ti,emperor of China,
Brown, iii. 28.
De Foe, Daniel, i. 103. ii. 147.
Dunton, John, ii. 144.
Burmannus, iv. 237.
Benson, William, Esq. iii. 325. Dutchmen, ii 405. iii. 51.
Doctors, at White's, i. 203.