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throat, or hang himselfl. But Pasquin seemed rather inclined it should be done by the government, representing him engaged in grievous de. signs with a lord of Parliament then under prosecution g. Mr. Dennis himself hath written to a minister, that he is one of the most dangerous persons in this kingdom **; and assureth the Public that he is an open and mortal enemy to his country; a monster that will, one day, shew as daring a soul as a mad Indian, who runs a-muck to kill the first Christian he meets tt. Another gives information of treason discovered in his Poemi Mr. Curl boldly supplies an imperfect verse with kings and princesses* ; and one Matthew Concanen, yer more impudent, publishes, at length, the two most sacred names in this nation as members of the Dunciad †!
This is prodigious ; yet it is almost as strange that, in the midst of these invectives, his greatest enemies have (I know not how) borne testimony to some merit in him.
11 Gulliveriana, p. 332, 2 Anno 1723. ** Anno 1729.
*+ Preface to Remarks on the Rape of the Lock,p. 12. and in the last page of that treatise.
Page 6, 7, of the preface, by Concanen, to a book entitled, A Collection of all the Letters, Essays Verses, and Advertise ments, occasioned by Pope and Swift's Miscellanies. Printed for A. Moore, octavo, 1712.
* Key to the Dunciad, 3d edition, p. 18.
+ A List of Persons, &c. at the end of the fore-mentioned Collection of all the Letters, Essays, &c.
in censuring bis Shakspeare, declares, . He has so great an esteem for Mr. Pope, and so, high an opinion of his genius and excellencies, that, notwithstanding he professes a veneration almost rising to idolatry for the writings of this inimitable Poet, he would be very loath even to do him justice at the expence of that other gentleman's character *.'
MR. CHARLES GILDON, after having violently attacked him in many pieces, at last came to wish from his heart, • That Mr. • Pope would he prevailed upon to give us Ovid's Epistles by his hand; for it is certain we see the original of Sappho to Phaon with much more • life and likeness in his version than in that of • Sir Car Scrope. And this (he adds) is the more . to be wished, because in the English tongue we have scarce any thing truly and naturally written upon
love t.' He also, in taxing Sir Richard Blackmore for his heterodox opinions of Homer, challenges him to answer what Mr. Pope hash said in his Preface to that poet.
MR: OLDMIXON calls him a great master of our tongue; declares * Introduction to his Shakspeare Restored, 410. p. 3.
+ Commentary on the Duke of Buckingham's Essay, 870.172 P. 97, 98.
POPE, VOL. IV.
• The purity and perfection of the English lan.
guage to be found in his Homer; and, saying there are more good verses in Dryden's Virgil * than in any other work, except this of our Au• thor only *!
The Author of a Letter to MR. CIBBER says t, . Pope was so good a versifier Conce] that • hisp.cdecessor Mr. Dryden, and his contemporary • Mr. Prior excepted, the harmony of his num• bers is equal to any body's'; and that he had all • the merit that a man can have that way.' And
MR. THOMAS COOKE, after much blemishing our Author's Homer, crie eth out,
But in his other works what beauties shine,
"And bade them live to brighten future days 1,"
H. STANHOPE, the maker of certain verses to Duncan Campbell, in that poem ỹ, which is wholly a satire on Mr. Pope, confesseth,
* In his prose Essay on Criticism. + Printed by J. oberts, 1742, p.
Battle of the Poets, folio, p. 15. i Printed under the title The Progress of Dullness, duoderimo, 1728
* Tis true, if finest notes alone could show
Pope more than we can offer should receive
MIST'S JOURNAL, June 8, 1728. Although he
• The smooth numbers of the • Dunciad, are all that recommend it, nor has it any other merit;' yet that same paper hath these words : · The Author is allowed to be a perfece 'master of
of an easy and elegant versification. In all his works we find the most happy turns,
and natural similies, wonderfully short, and thick osown.'
The Essay on the Dunciad also owns, p. 25, it is very full of beautiful images. But the panegy ric, which crowns all that can be said on this poem is bestowed by our Laureat,
MR. COLLEY CIBBER, who' grants it to be a better Poem of its kind than ever was writ:' but adds, . it was a victory over 'a parcel of poor wretches, whom it was almost *cowardice to conquer. A man might as well triumph for having killed so many silly flies that offended him. Could he have let them alone, * by this time, poor souls! they had all been bu! ried in oblivion*' · Here we see our excellent Cibber's Letter to Mr. Pope, p. 9, 12.
Laureat allows the justice of the satire on every man in it but himself, as the great Mr. Dennis did before him. The said
MR. DENNIS and MR. GILDON, in the most furious of all their works, (the fore. cited character, p. 5.) do in concert * confess, • That some men of good understanding value him • for his rhymes.' And (p. 17.) • That he has ‘got, like Mr. Bayes in the rehearsal), that is like • Mr. Dryden) a notable knack at rhyming, and writing smooth verse.'
Of bis Essay on man numerous were the praises bestowed by his avowed enemies, in the imagination that the same was not written by him, as it was printed anonymously.
* In concert.] Hear how Mr. Dennis hath proved our mistake in this place : “As to my writing in concert with Mr.
Gildon, I declare upon the honor and word of a gentleman, that I never wrote so much as one line in concert with any one man whatsover. And these two letters from Gildon will plainly shew that we are not writers in concert with each other,
-The heighth of my ambition is to please men of " the best judgment; and finding that I have entertained my
master agreeably, I have the extent of the reward of my la. "bour.?'
“Sir, “ I had not the opportunity of hearing of your excellent pamphlet till this day. I am infinitely satisfied and pleased with it, and hope you will meet with that encouragement your “ admirable performance deserves,” &c. Ch. Gildon."
Now is it not plain that any one who send such compli. *ments to another, has not been used to write in partnership * with him to whom he sends them ” Dennis, Remarks on the Dunciad, p. 50. Mr. Dennis is therefore welcome to take this piece to himself.