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" Blasphem'd his gods, the dice, and damn'd his fate ; Then gnaw'd his pen, then dash'd it on the ground, Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profound ! Plung'd for his sense, but found no bottom there, Yet wrote and flounder'd on in mere despair. "
The works of the English poets. With prefaces, biographical and critical, by ... - Page 97
by English poets - 1790
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More Solid Learning: New Perspectives on Alexander Pope's Dunciad

Catherine Ingrassia, Claudia N. Thomas - Poetry - 2000 - 254 pages
...then dash'd it on the ground, Sinking from thought to thought, a vast profound! Plung'd for his sense, but found no bottom there, Yet wrote and flounder'd on, in mere despair. Round him much Embryo, much Abortion lay, Much future Ode, and abdicated Play; Nonsense precipitate,...
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