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VII.

А

PARALLEL of the CHARACTERS

OF

Mr. DR Y DE N and Mr. POPE,

As drawn by certain of their contemporaries.

Mr. DRY DEN,
His POLITICS, RELIGION, MORAL S.

MR. Dryden is a mere renegado from monarchy, poe

try, and good sense 1. A true republican son of monarchical Church a. A republican Atheist 3. , Dry. den was from the beginning an arowficados, and I doubt not will continue fo-to the last 4.

In the Poem called Abfalom and Achitophel are notorioully 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 scandalum magnatum, yea of MAJESTY itselfs.

He looks upon God's Gospel as a foolish fable, like the Pope, to whom he is a pitiful purveyor. His very christianity may be questioned 7. He ought to expect

1 Milbourn on Dryden's Virgil, 8vo. 1698. p. 6. 2 Pag. 38. 3 Pag 192. 4 Pag. 8.

5 Whip and Key, 4to, printed for R. Jane. way, 1682. Pref.

6, Ibid.

7. Milbourn, R. 9.

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VII.

A

PARALLEL of the CHARACTERS

OF

Mr. POPE and Mr. DR Y DEN,

N

As drawn by certain of their Contemporaries.

Mr. POPE,

His POLITICS, RELIGION, MOR AL S.

MR

R. Pope is an open and mortal enemy to his coun

try and the commonwealth of learning'. Some call him a popish whig, which is directly inconsistent ?. Pope, as a Papift, must be a tory and high flyer 3. He is both whig and tory 4.

He hath made it his custom to cackle to more than one party in their own sentiments s.

In his Miscellanies, the Persons 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, etc. To make Sense of some passages, they must be construed into ROYAL SCANDAL · He is a Popish Rhymester, bred up with a contempt of the Sacred Writings. His Religion allows him to destroy Hereticks, not only with his pen, but with fire

1 Dennis, Rem. on the Rape of the Lock, Pref. p. xii. 2 Dunciad dissected. 3. Pref. to Gulliveriana. 4. Dennis, Character of Mr. P. 5 Theobald, Leiter in Milt's Journal, June 22, 1728. 6 List, at the end of a Collection of Verses, Letters, Advertisemenis, &vo Printed for A. Moore, 1728, and the Preface to it, p.o. 7 Dennis's Remarks on Hom. p.27.

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more severity 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. DRY DEN only a Versifier. His whole Libel is all bad matter, beautified (which is all that can be said of it) with good metre 3. Mr. Dryden's genius did not appear in any thing more than his Versification, and whether he is to be ennobled for that only, is a question“.

Mr. DRYDEN's VIRGIL.

Tonson calls it Dryden's Virgil, to shew that this is not that Virgil so admir'd in the Augustean age; but a Virgil of another stamp, a filly, impertinent, nonsensical writer. None but a Bavius, a Mævius, or a Bathyllus carp'd at Virgils; and none but such unthinking Vermin admire his Translatoró. It is true, soft and easy lines might become Ovid's Epiftles or Art of Love-But Virgil, who is all great and majestic, etc. requires ftrength of lines, weight of words, and closeness of expressions; not an ambling Muse running on Carpet-ground, and Mod as lightly as a Newmarket-racer.-He has numberless faults in his Author's meaning, and in propriety of expression zo

Mi, DRYDEN understood no Greek nor Latin. Mr. Dryden was once, I have heard, at Westminster school: Dr. Busby would have whipt him for so childish a Paraphrale s. The meanest Pedant in England would whip a Lubber of twelve for construing so absurdly', The Translator is mad, every line betrays his Stupidity'.

4 Old.

1 Ibid. p. 175.

2 Pag. 39.

3 Whip and Key, Pref. mixon, Ellay on Criticism, p. 84. s Milbourn, p. 2. 7.Pag. 22, and 192.

8 Milboura, P: 720 9 Pag. 203. 78.

6 Pag. 35

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and fword; and fuch were all those unhappy Wits whom he sacrificed to his accursed Popish Principles'. It deserved Vengeance to fuggeft, that Mr. Pope had lefs Infallibility than his Namesake at Rome 2.

Mr. POPE only a Versifier. The finooth numbers of the Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor has it any other merit 3. It muft be owned that he hath got a notable knack of rhyming and writing fmooth verse 4,

Mr. POPE's HOMER.

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The Homer which Lintot prints, does not talk like Homer, but like Pope ; and he who translated him, one would swear, had a hill in Tipperary for his Parnassus, and a puddle in some Bog for his Hippocrenes. He has no admirers among those that can distinguish, discern, and judge

He hath a knack at finooth verse, but without either Genius or good Sense, or any tolerable knowledge of English. The qualities which diftinguish Homer are the beauties of his Diction and the Harmony of his Versification-But this little author, who is so much in vogue, has neither Sense in his Thoughts nor English in his expressions 7.

Mr. POPE underftood no Greck.

He hath undertaken to translate Homer from the Greek, of which he knows not one word, into English, of which he understands as little 8. I wonder how this Gentleman would look, should it be discovered, that

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1 Preface to Gulliveriana, p. II. 2 Dedication to the Collection of Verses, Letters, elc. p. 9. 3 Mist's Journal of June 8, 1928.

Character of Mr. P. and Dennis on Hom. 5 Dennis's Remarks on Pope's Homer, p. 12.

6 Ibid. p. 14.

7. Character of Mr. P. p. it. and Remarks on Homer, p. 91.

8 Dennis's Remarks on Honer, p. iż.

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The faults are innumerable, and convince me that Mr.
Dryden did not, or would not understand his Author',
This fhews how fit Mr. D. may be to translate Homer!
A mistake in a fingle letter might fall on the Printer
well enough, but dixwp for ixúp must be the error of the
Author: Nor had he art enough to correct it at the
Press?. Mr. Dryden writes for the Court Ladies—He
writes for the Ladies, and not for use 3.

The Translator puts in a little Burlesque now and then into Virgil, for a ragout to his cheated Subfcribers 4

Mr. DRYDEN trick'd his Subscribers. I wonder that any inan, who could not but be conscious of his own unfitness for it, should go to amuse the learned world with such an undertaking! A man ought to value his Reputation more than Money ; and not to hope that those who can read for themselves, will be iinposed upon, merely by a partially and unseasonably celebrated Names. Poetis quidlibet audendi shall be Mr. Dryden's Motto, though it should extend to picking of pockets 6.

Names bestowed on Mr. DR YDEN.

An Ape.] A crafty Ape dreft up in a gawdy gown -Whips put into an Ape's paw, to play pranks with -None but Apish and Papifh brats will heed him 7.

An Ass.] A camel will take upon him no more burden than is fufficient for his strength, but there is another beast that crouches under all

A Frog.] Poet Squab endued with Poet Maro's Spirit! an ugly, croaking kind of Vermin, which would fwell to the bulk of an Ox 9.

I Pag. 206.

2 Pag. 19. 3 Pag. 144, 190; 4 Pag. 67. 5 Pag. 6 Pag. 125. 7 Whip and Key, Pref.

8 Milb. p. 105.

192,

9 Pag. it.

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