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Who thinks he reads when he but scans and spells;
Are others angry? I excuse them too:
for Pope's resentment : that Atterbury, being in company with Bentley and Pope, insisted on knowing the Doctor's opinion of the English Homer; and that, being earnestly pressed to declare his sentiments freely, he said, “ The verses are good verses; but the work is not Homer, it is Spondanus.” It may however be observed, in favour of Pope, that Dr. Clarke, whose critical exacte ness is well known, has not been able to point out above three of four mistakes in the sense throughout the whole Iliad.
Dr. WARTOX. * This couplet was afterward thus altered :
« Ev'n such small critics some regard may claim,
Preserv'd in Milton's or in Shakspeare's name.' + Philips, certainly not a very animated or first-rate writer, yet appears not to deserve quite so much contempt; if we look at his first and fifth pastoral, &c. &c. and above all, his pleasing tragedy of " The Distressed Mucher." The secret grounds of Philips's malignity to Pope, are said to have been the ridicule and laughter he met with from the Hanover club, of which he was secretary, for mistaking the incomparable ironical paper in the Guardian, No.40, which was written by Pope, for a serious criticism on pastoral poetry. The learned Heyne also mistook this irony.
Dr, WARTON. * Ambrose Philips translated a book, called, “ Persian Tales," a book full of fancy and imagination. Pori.
Just writes to make his barrenness appear,
chafe! How would they swear not CONGREVE's $ self was
safe! Peace to all such ! but were there one whose fires Apollo kindled, and fair Fame inspires : Blest with each talent and each art to please, And born to write, converse, and live with ease : Should such a man, too fond to rule alone, Bear, like the Turk, no brother near the throne ; View him with scornful, yet with fearful eyes, And hate for arts that caus'd himself to rise; Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And without sneering teach the rest to sneer : Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and besitate dislike; Alike reserv'd to blame, or to commend, A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend : Dreading e'en fools, by flatterers besieg'd, And so obliging, that he ne'er oblig'd; Who, if two wits on rival themes contest, Approves of each, but likes the worst the best;
* Author of the Victim, and Cobler of Preston. H. + Verse of Dr. Ev. H.
1 Thus it originally stood in the “ Miscellanies," though the name was afterward altered to “ Addison ;” a circumstance not goticed by the learned commentators upon Pope. N.
Like Cato, gives his little senate laws,
FIRST PRINTED IN 1727.
When simple Macert, now of high renown,
with these, he ventur'd on the town, And in a borrow'd play outdid poor Crown.
* Thus also originally stood this concluding line, in which it is well known the name was altered to Atticus; a circumstance which has occasioned a considerable controversy, too long to be here introduced; but for which the curious reader is referred to the second volume of the Biographia Britannica; to bishop Hurd's Life of bishop Warburton; and to the Notes of Dr.Warton, in his edition of Pope, 1797, vol. iv. p. 34. N.
+ Said to be the character of James Moore Smyth, author of “ 'The Rival Modes, a comedy, in 1726.” He pilfered verses From Pope ; and joined in a political paper with the duke of Wharton, called, « The Inquisitor," written with such violence against government, that he was soon obliged to drop it.
Dr, WARTON. 1 I remember old Demoivre told me, about fifty years ago, that all he remembered of Corneille was, that he had seea him in red. stockings at the theatre. Dr, WARTON.
There he stopt short, nor since has writ a tittle,
So some coarse country wench, almost decay'd,
SYLVIA T, A FRAGMENT.
Sylvia my heart in wondrous wise alarm'd,
* He requested, by public advertisements, the aid of the ingom nious, to make up a Miscellany, in 1713. H.
† This fragment was, with some variation, introduced by Mr. Pope into the second of his moral essays, "Of the Characters of Women," N.
Affronting all, yet fond of a good name;,
Men, some to bus'ness, some to pleasure take;
TO LADY WINCHELSEA.
OCCASIONID BY FOUR SATIRICAL VERSES ON WOMEN
WITS, IN THE RAPE OF THE LOCK.
In vain you boast' poetic 'names of yore,
I have been informed, on good authority, that this character was designed for the then duchess of Himilton. Dr. WARTON.