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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. 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 excellences 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 hath 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 drained of. Pope has been concerned in jobs, and hired out his name to booksellers.
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. A P E, 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.
1 Daily Journal of April 23, 1728. 2 Suppl. to the Profund, Pref. 3 Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 66. 4 Dennis's Remarks, p. 28. 5 Homerides, p. 1, &c. 6 British Journ., Nov. 25, 1727. 7 Dennis, Daily Journal, May 11, 1728. 8 Dennis's Rem. on Hom. pref.
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.
A COWARD.— A Clineas 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.
A Fool.—Had he not been such a self-conceited Fool. —Some great Poets are positive blockheads.”
A THING.—So little a Thing as Mr. Dryden.
1 Milbourn, p. 11.
2 Page 176.
A FROG.-A squab, short Gentleman—a little creature that, like the Frog in the Fable, swells, and is angry that it is not allowed to be as big as an ox.
A COWARD.-A lurking, way-laying coward.?
A KNAVE.—He is one whom God and nature have marked for want of common honesty.3
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."
1 Dennis's Rem, on the Rape of the Lock, pref. p. 9. 2 Char. of Mr. P. p. 3.
3 Ibid. 4 Dennis's Rem. on Homer, p. 37.
5 Ibid. p. 8.
INDEX OF PERSONS
(The first Number shows the Book, the second the
AMBROSE PHILIPS, i. 105; iii. Curl, Edm. i. 40 ; ii. 3, 58, 167
Cooke, Thomas, ii. 138.
Concanen, Matthew, ii. 299.
Centlivre, Susannah, ii. 411.
Chi Ho-am-ti, Emperor of China,
Crouzaz, iv. 198.
Codrus, ii. 144.
De Foe, Daniel, i. 103; ii. 147.
De Foe, Norton, ii. 415.
De Lyra, or Harpsfield, i. 153.
Dennis, John, i. 106; ii. 239 ;
Dunton, John, ii. 144.
Durfey, iii. 146.
Dutchmen, ii. 405 ; iii. 51.
Doctors, at White's, i. 203.
Eusden, Laurence, Poet Lau.
reate, i. 104.
Eliza Haywood, ii. 157, &c.
Fleckno, Richard, ii, 2.
Faustus, Dr. iii. 233.
Fleetwood, iv, 326.
Freemasons, iv. 576.
French Cooks, iv. 553.
Cibber, Colley, Hero of the Gildon, Charles, i. 296.
Goode, Barn. iii. 153.
Goths, iii. 90.
Gazetteers, i. 215; ii. 314.