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owned he had let it pass with the Hero it had, purely for want of a better; not entertaining the least expectation that such an one was reserved for this Poft, as has since obtained the Laurel: But since that had happened, he could no longer deny this justice either to him or the Dunciad. And yet I will venture to say, th
was another motive which had still more weight with our Author: This person was one, who from every Folly (not so say Vice) of which another would be ashamed, has constantly derived a Vanity; and therefore was the man in the world who would least be hurt by
Printed in the JOURNAL S, 1730.
HEREAS, upon occasion of certain Pieces
relating to the Gentlemen of the Dunciad, some have been willing to suggest, as if they looked upon them as an abuse: we can do no less than own, it is our opinion, that to call these gentlemen bad authors is no sort of abuse, but a great truth. We
cannot alter this opinion without some reason; but "We promife to do it in respect to every perfon who thinks it an injury to be represented as no Wit, or Poet, provided he procures a Certificate of his being really such, from any three of his companions in the Dunciad, or from Mr. Dennis fingly, who is esteemed equal to any three of the number..
an dompócanno, and I doubt not will continue *fo to the laft d.
In the poem called Abfalom and Achitophel are notoriously traduced, The King, the Queen, the Lords and GentLEMEN, not only their honourable persons expos'd, but the whole Nation and its RePRESENTATIVES notoriously libell’d. It is fcandalum
! magnatum, yea of MAJESTY itself e.
He looks upon God's Gospel as a foolish fable, like the Pope, to whom he is a pitiful purveyor f. His very
christianity may be questioned 8. He ought to expect more feverity than other men, as he is most unmerciful in his own reflections on others With as good a right as his Holiness, he sets up for poetical infallibility',
Mr. DRYDEN only a Verfifier. , His whole Libel is all bad matter, beautified (which is all that can be fáid of it) with good metrek. Mr. Dryden's genius did not appear in any thing more than his Verfification, and whether he is to be en. publed for that only, iş: a question,
#id Milbourn on Dryden's( Virgil, 8vo, 1695. p. 8. • Whip and Key, 4to printed for R: Janeway, 1682. Pref. 3 Milbourn, p. 9.
h jbid. p. 175. pag. 39. Whip and Key, Pref.
1 Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 84.
be a tory and high Ayer. He is both whig and
He hath made it his custom to cackle to more than one party in their own sentiments .
In his Miscellanies, the Perfons abused are, The King, the Queen, His late Majesty, both Houses of Parliament, the Privy Council, the Bench of BISHOPs, the established CHURCH, the present MiNISTRY, &c. To make Sense of fome passages, they muft be construed into Royal SCANDAL'.
He is a Popish Rhymester, bred up with a contempt of the Sacred Writings 5.' His Religion allows him to deftroy Hereticks, 'not only with his pen, but with fire and sword; and such were all those unhappy Wits whom he sacrificed to his accursed Popish Principles ". It deserved Vengeance to suggest, that Mr. Pope had less Infallibility than his Namesake at Rome i.
Mr. POPE only a Versifier. The smooth numbers of the Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor has it any other merit *. It must
c Pref, to Gulliveriana. Dennis, Character of Mr. P. e Theobald, Letter in Mift's Journal, June 22. 1728.
f Lift. at the end of a Collection of Verses, Letters, Adver. tisements, 8vo. Printed for A. Moore, 1728, and the Preface to it, p. 6.
& Dennis's Remarks on Homer. p. 27. n Preface to Gulliveriana, p. 11.
i Dedication to the Collection of Verses, Letters, &c. p. 9.
Mift's Journal of June 8, 1728.
Mr. DRYDEN's VIRGIL.
. Tonfon calls it Dryden's Virgil, to fhew that this is not that Virgil fo admir'd in the Augustean age; but a Virgil of another stamp, a filly, impertinent, nonfenfical writer. None but a Bavius, a Mævius, or a Bathyllus carp'd at Virgil TM; and none but such unthinking Vermin admire his Translator ". It is true, soft and easy lines might become Ovid's Epifles or Art of Love-But Virgil, who is all great and majestic, &c. requires strength of lines, weight of words, and closeness of expressions ; not an ambling Muse running on Carpet-ground, and shod as lightly as a Newmarket-racer. He has numberless faults in his Author's meaning, and in propriety of expression
Mr. DR YDEN understood no Greek nor Latin.
Mr. Dryden was once, I have heard, at Westminfter school: Dr. Busby would have whipt him for so childish a Paraphrase P. The meanest Pedant in England would whip a Lubber of twelve for con ftruing so absurdlyThe Translator is mad, every line betrays his Stupidity'. The faults are innumerable, and convince me that Mr. Dryden did not, or
m Milbourn, p. .2.
A Pag. 35
Milbourn, p. 724 5 Pag. 78..