I said; Tie up the knocker, say I'm sick, I'm dead. The Dog-star rages! nay 'tis past a doubt, All Bedlam, or Parnassus, is let out: Fire in each eye, and papers in each hand, They rave, recite, and madden round the land. The Poetical Works of Alexander Pope - Page 105by Alexander Pope - 1854Full view
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George Lewis Levine, Alan Rauch - Literary Criticism - 1987 - 372 pages
...verse was as antithetical to true poetry as madness to sanity, sickness to health. When The dog star rages! Nay, 'tis past a doubt All Bedlam or Parnassus is let out. A cordon sanitaire to protect the healthy was the only answer: Shut, shut the door, good John.27 Other...