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Epigram on the Toasts of the Kit-Cat Club

To a Lady, with the Temple of Fame

On the Countess of Burlington cutting paper

Poems on reading the Travels of Captain Lemuel Gulliver

To Quinbus Flestrin, the Man-Mountain

The Lamentation of Glumdalclitch for the loss of Grildrig

To Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, the grateful address of the unhappy

Houyhnhnms

Mary Gulliver to Captain Lemuel Gulliver : an Epistle

MEMOIRS of the extraordinary Life, Works, and Discoveries of

Martinus Scriblerus

MartinUS SCRIBLERUS NEPI BAOOYE : or, of the Art of Sinking

in Poetry

An Essay of the learned Martinus Scriblerus, concerning the Origin

of Sciences

VIRGILIUS RESTAURATUS : seu Martini Scribleri, summi Critici,

castigationum in Æneidem Specimen

A Specimen of Scriblerus's Reports : Stradling v. Styles

Memoirs of P. P., Clerk of this Parish

The Narrative of Dr. Robert Norris, of the Frenzy of J. D.

A full and true Account of a horrid and barbarous revenge by poison,

on the body of Mr. EDMUND Curli, Bookseller

A further Account of the most deplorable condition of Mr. EDMUND

CURLL, Bookseller

A strange but true relation of the circumcision of Mr. EDMUND

CURIL

A KEY TO THE Lock: or a Treatise proving, beyond all contra-

diction, the dangerous tendency of a late poem, intitled, the Rape

of the Lock, to government and religion

Thoughts on various subjects

THE CHARACTER of Katherine, late Duchess of Buckinghamshire and

Normanby

The Plan of an Epic Poem, to have been written in blank verse,

and intitled, Brutus

GUARDIANS

PREFACE to the Works of Shakespear

PREFACE to Homer's Iliad

Postscript to the Odyssey

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The wit, the vigour, and the honesty of Mr. Pope's satiric writings had raised a great clamour against him, as if the Supplement, as he calls it, to the Public Laws, was a violation of morality and society. In answer to this charge he had it in his purpose to show, that two of the most respectable characters in the modest and virtuous age of Elizabeth, Dr. Donne and Bishop Hall, had arraigned vice publicly, and shown it in stronger colours, than he had done, whether they found it

“ On the pillory, or near the throne.” In pursuance of this purpose, our Poet hath admirably versified, as he expresses it, two or three Satires of Dr. Donne. He intended to have given two or three of Bishop Hall's likewise, whose force and classical elegance he much admired; but as Hall was a better versifier, and, as a mere academic, had not his vein vitiated like Donne's, by the fantastic language of Courts, Mr. Pope's purpose was only to correct a little, and smooth the versification. In the first edition of Hall's Satires, which was in Mr. Pope's library, we find that long Satire, called the First of the Sixth Book, corrected throughout, and the versification mended for his

He entitles it, in the beginning of his corrections, by the name of Sat. Opt. This writer, Hall, fell under a severe examiner of his wit and reasoning, in the famous Milton. For Hall, a little before the unhappy breach between Charles I. and the long Parliament, having written in defence of Episcopacy, Milton, who first set out an advocate for Presbytery, thought fit to take Hall's defence to task. And as he rarely gave quarter to his adversaries, from the Bishop's theological writings, he fell upon his poetry. But a stronger proof of the excellency of these Satires can hardly be given, than that all he could find to cavil at, was the title to the three first Books, which Hall, ridiculously enough, calls Toothless SATIRE : : on this, for want of better hold, Milton fastens, and sufficiently mumbles.Warburton.

use.

SATIRE II.

Sir, though (I thank God for it) I do hate
Perfectly all this town; yet there's one state
In all ill things, so excellently best,
That hate towards them, breeds pity towards the rest.
Though poetry, indeed, be such a sin,
As, I think, that brings dearth and Spaniards in :
Though like the pestilence, and old-fashion'd love,
Ridlingly it catch men, and doth remove
Never, till it be starved out; yet their state
Is poor, disarm’d, like Papists, not worth hate.

One (like a wretch, which at barre judged as dead,
Yet prompts him which stands next, and cannot read,
And saves his life) gives idiot actors means
(Starving himself,) to live by his labour'd scenes.

NOTES.

Ver. 1. Yes : thank my stars'] Two noblemen of taste and learning, the Duke of Shrewsbury and the Earl of Oxford, desired Pope to melt down and cast anew, the weighty bullion of Dr. Donne's Satires ; who had degraded and deformed a vast fund of sterling wit and strong sense, by the most harsh and uncouth diction. Pope succeeded in giving harmony to a writer, more rough and rugged than even any of his age, and who profited so little by the example Spenser had set, of a most musical and mellifluous versification ; far beyond the versification of Fairfax, who is frequently mentioned as the greatest improver of the harmony of our language. The Satires of Hall, written in very smooth and pleasing numbers, preceded those of Donne many years ; for his Virgidemiarum were published, in six books, in the year 1597 ; in which he calls himself the very first English satirist. This, however, was not true in fact ; for Sir Thomas Wyatt, of Allington Castle, in Kent, the friend and favourite of Henry VIII., and, as was suggested, of Ann Boleyn, was our first writer of satire worth notice. But it was not in his numbers only that Donne was reprehensible. He abounds in false thoughts, in far-sought sentiments, in forced unnatural conceits. He was the first corrupter of Cowley. Dryden was the first who called him a metaphysical poet. He had a considerable share of learning, and though he entered late into orders, yet he was esteemed a good divine. James I. was so earnest to prefer him in the church,

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