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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 post 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, there was another motive which had still more weight with our author: this person was one who, from every folly (not to 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 it. W. W.
PRINTED IN THE JOURNALS, 1730.
WHEREAS, upon occasion of certain pieces relating to the gentlemen of the Dunciad, some have been willing to suggest as if they had 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 promise to do it in respect to every person 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 singly, who is esteemed equal to any three of the number.
the names of the authors; or any letters sent us (though not to the purpose) shall yet be printed, under the title of Epistolæ obscurorum virorum; which, together with some others of the same kind, formerly laid by for that end, may make no unpleasant addition to the future impressions of this poem.
THE COMPLETE EDITION OF 1743.
I HAVE long had a design of giving some sort of notes on the works of this poet. Before I had the happiness of his acquaintance, I had written a commentary on his Essay on Man, and have since finished another on the Essay on Criticism. There was one already on the Dunciad, which had met with general approbation; but I st thought some additions were wanting (of a serious kind) to the humorous notes of Scrib and even to those written by Mr. Clela Arbuthnot, and others. I had lately the to pass some months with the author try, where I prevailed upon him to long desired, and favour me wi of several passages in his
owned he had let it pass with the hers is had, purely for want of a better, not entertaining the least expectation that such an one was reserved for this post as has since obtained the laure!: hat since that had happened, he could no longer deny this justice either to him or the Dunciad
And yet, I will venture to say, there was all other motive which had still more weight with our author: this person was one who, from ever folly (not to say vice) of which another would ashamed, has constantly derived a vanity therefore was the man in the world who least be hurt by it.
gion aly with his Such were all
crificed to his
PARALLEL OF THE CHARACTERS
MR. DRYDEN AND MR. POPE,
AS DRAWN BY CERTAIN OF THEIR CONTEMPORARIES.
HIS POLITICS, Religion, morals.
MR. DRYDEN is a mere renegado from monarchy, poetry, and good sense. A true republican son of monarchical church. A republican atheist 3. Dryden was from the beginning an αλλοπρόσαλλος, and I doubt not will continue so to the last 4.
In the poem called Absalom and Achitophel, are notoriously traduced the king, the queen, the lords and gentlemen; not only their honourable persons exposed, but the whole nation and its representatives notoriously libeled. It is scandalum magnatum, yea, of majesty itself".
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". He ought to expect more severity than other men, as he is most unmerciful in his reflections on others. With as good a right as his holiness, he sets up for poetical infallibility 9.
'Milbourn on Dryden's Virgil, 8vo. 1698. p. 6.
4 Ib. p. 8. 5 Whip and Key, 4to. printed for R. Janeway, 1682. pref. 6 Ibid. 7 Milbourn, p. 9. • Ib. p. 175.
9 Ib. p. 39.
PARALLEL OF THE CHARACTERS
MR. POPE AND MR. DRYDEN,
AS DRAWN BY CERTAIN OF THEIR CONTEMPORARIES,
HIS POLITICS, RELIGION, MORALS.
MR. POPE is an open and mortal enemy to his country, and the commonwealth of learning'. Some call him a Popish Whig, which is directly inconsistent. Pope, as a Papist, must be a Tory and High-flyer3. He is both a Whig and Tory. He hath made it his custom to cackle to more than one party in their own sentiments 5.
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, &c. 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 7. His religion allows him to destroy heretics, not only with his pen, but with fire and sword; and such were all those unhappy wits whom he sacrificed to his
Dennis, Rem. on the Rape of the Lock, pref. p. 12.
2 Dunciad Dissected.
4 Dennis, Character of Mr. P.
5 Theobald's Letter in Mist's Journal, June 22, 1728.
6 List at the end of a Collection of Verses, Letters, Advertisements, 8vo. printed for A. Moore, 1728, and the preface to it, p. 6.
7 Dennis's Remarks on Homer, p. 27.