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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 cowar« dice to conquer. A man might as well triumph for “ having killed so many filly flies that offended him. « Could he bave let them alone, by this time, poor * souls ! they had all been buried in oblivion y.” Here we see our excellent Laureate 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 forecited Character, p. 5.) do in concert 2 confess, “ That some
y Cibber's Letter to Mr. Pope, p. 9.
z 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 honour and word of
a gentleman, that I never wrote so much as one line “in concert with any one man whatsoever. And these 6 two Letters from Gildon will plainly shew, that we are “ not writers in concert with each other,
-The height of my Ambition is to please men of * the beft Judgment; and finding that I have entertained
Master agreeably, I have the extent of the Reward of my Labour.
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,'
“ men of good understanding value him for his rhymes." And (p. 17.) “ that he has got, like Mr. Bays in the « Rehearsal, (that is, like Mr. Dryden) a notable " knack at rhyming, and writing smooth verse.”
Of his 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, Thus fang of it even
BEZALEEL MORRIS. “ Aufpicious bard! while all admire thy ftrain, “ All but the selfish, ignorant, and vain ; “ I, whom no bribe to servile flattery drew, " Must pay the tribute to thy merit due : “ Thy Muse sublime, lignificant, and clear,
« Alike informs the Soul, and charms the Ear,” &c. And
Mr. LEONARD WELSTED thus wrote a to the unknown author, on the first publication of the faid Essay; “ I must own, after the recep“ tion which the vileft and most immoral ribaldry hath “ lately met with, I was surprized to see what I had “ long despaired, a performance deserving the naine
“ Now is it not plain, that any one who sends such
compliments 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.
a In a Letter under his own hand, dated March 12, 1733•
“ of a poet. Such, Sir, is your work. It is, indeed, « above all commendation, and ought to have been “published in an age and country more worthy of it. “ If my testimony be of weight any where, you are 6 sure to have it in the amplest manner,” &c. &c. &c.
Thus we see every one of his works hath been extolled by one or other of his most inveterate Enemies; and to the success of them all they do unanimously give testimony. But it is sufficient, instar omnium, to behold the great critic, Mr. Dennis, sorely lamenting it, even from the Essay on Criticism to this day of the Dunciad! “ A most notorious instance (quoth he) of “ the depravity of genius and taste, the approbation « this Essay meets with b. I can safely affirm, that I never attacked
any of these writings, unless they had “ success infinitely beyond their merit. This, though
an empty, has been a popular scribbler. The epide« mic madness of the times has given him reputation c. 6 - If, after the cruel treatment so many extraordinary « men (Spenser, Lord Bacon, Ben Jonson, Milton, « Butler, Otway, and others) have received from this “ country, for these last hundred years, I should shift “ the scene, and shew all that penury changed at once “ to riot and profuseness ; and more squandered away upon one object, than would have satisfied the
greater “ part of those extraordinary men; the reader to
• Dennis, Pref. to his Reflect. on the Essay on Criticism. c Preface to his Remarks on Homer.
“ whom this one creature should be unknown, would
fancy him a prodigy of art and nature, would be“ lieve that all the great qualities of these persons were “ centered in him alone. But if I should venture to - assure him, that the PeopLE OF ENGLAND had made « such a choice--the reader would either believe me “ a malicious enemy, and Nanderer; or that the reign of “ the last (Queen Anne's) Ministry was designed by « fate to encourage
Fools d." But it happens, that this our Poet never had any Place, Pension, or Gratuity, in any shape, from the said glorious Queen, or any of her Ministers. All he owed, in the whole course of his life, to any court, was a subscription for his Homer, of 2001. from King George I. and 100 l. from the Prince and Princess.
However, left we imagine our Author's success was constant and universal, they acquaint us of certain works in a less degree of repute, whereof, although owned by others, yet do they assure us he is the writer. Of this sort Mr. DENNIS e ascribes to him two Farces, whose names he does not tell, but assures us that there is not one jest in them: and an imitation of Horace, whose title he does not mention, but assures us, it is much more execrable than all his works f. The Daily JOURNAL, May 11, 1728, assures us, “ He is below “ Tom Durfey in the Drama, because (as that writer “thinks) the Marriage-Hater matched, and the
d Rem. on Homer, p. 8, 9.
« Ib. p. 8.
« Boarding-School are better than the Wbat d'ye-call“ it;" which is not Mr. P.'s, but Mr. Gay's. Mr. GILDON assures us, in his New Rehearsal, p. 48. « That he was writing a play of the Lady Jane Grey;" but it afterwards proved to be Mr. Rowe's. We are assured by another, “ He wrote a pamphlet called Dr. “ Andrew Tripe ! ;" which proved to be one Dr. Wagstaff's. Mr. THEOBALD afsures us, in Mift of the 27th of April, “ That the treatise of the Profound “ is very dull, and that Mr. Pope is the author of it.” The writer of Gulliveriana is of another opinion ;
and says, “ the whole, or greatest part, of the merit of " this treatise muft and can only be ascribed to Gul“ liver h.” (Here, gentle reader! cannot I but smile at the strange blindness and positiveness of men ; knowing the faid treatise to appertain to none other but to me, Martinus Scriblerus.]
We are assured, in Mift of June 8, “ That his own “ Plays and Farces would better have adorned the “ Dunciad, than those of Mr. Theobald ; for he had “ neither genius for Tragedy nor Comedy." Which whether true or not, it is not easy to judge; in as much as he had attempted neither. Unless we will take it for granted, with Mr. Cibber, that his being once very angry at hearing a friend's Play abused, was an infallible proof the Play was his own; the said Mr. Cibber thinking it impossible for a man to be much concerned for any but himself : “ Now let any man
& Character of Mr. Pope, p. 6.
h Gulliv. p. 336.