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Printed in the JOURNALS, 1730.
W Hereas, upon occasion of certain Pieces rela
our opin on,
ting to the Gentlemen of the Dunciad, fome have been willing to suggest, as if they looked upon them as an abuse: we can do no less than own, it is
that to call these Gentlemen bad authors is no sort of abuse, but a great truth. We cannot alter this opinion without some reafon; 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 fuch, from any three of his companions in the Dunciad, or from Mr Dennis singly, who is esteemed equal to any three of the number.
P A R A L L E L
Mr DRYDEN and Mr POP E.
As drawn by certain of their Contemporaries.
Mr DRYDEN, His POLITICS, RELIGION, MORALS.
R Dryden is a mere renegado from monarchy,
poetry, and good sense 2. A true republican son of monarchical Church b. A republican Atheist. Dryden was from the beginning an αλλοπρόσαλλος, and I doubt not will continue so the last d.
In the Poein called Absalom and Achitophel are notoriously 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 fcandalum magnatumi, yea of MAJESTY itself e.
He looks upon God's Gospel as a foollsh fable, like
Milbourn on Dryden's Virgil, 8vo. 1698. p. 6.
d Pag. 8.
b Pag. 38
e Whip and Key, 4to. printed for R. Janeway, 1682. Preface.
R Pope is an open and mortal enemy to his
country, and the commonwealth of learninga. Some call him a popish wbig, which is directly inconlistent b. Pope, as a Papist, must be a tory and high flyer. He is both a whig and toryd.
He hath made it his custom to cackle to more than one party in their own sentiments e.
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 Establish'd CHURCH, the present Mithe Pope, to whom he is a pitiful purveyor f. His very christianity may be questioned 6. He ought to expect more severity than other men, as he is most unmerciful in his own reflections on others h.
a Denois's Rem.
on the the Rape of the Lock, Pref.
c Preface to Gulliveriana,
e Theobald, Letter in Mill's Journal, June 22. 1728.
b Dunciad diffeétud.
With as good a right as his Holiness, he fets up for poetical in. fallibility i
Mr DRYDEN only a Versifier. His whole Libel is all bad matter, beautified (which is all that can be said of it) with good metre k. Mr Dryden's genius did not appear in any thing more ihan his Versification, and whether he is to be ennobled for that only, is a question,
Mr DRYDEN'S VIRGIL. Tonfon calls it Dryden's Virgil, to sew that this is not that Virgil fo admir'd in the Augustean age; but a Virgil of another stamp, a silly impertinent, nonfenfical writer. None but a Bavius, a Mævius, or a Ba. thyllus carp'd at Virgil m; and none but such unthinking Vermin admire his Translator n. It is true, soft and easy lines might become Ovid's Epistles or Art or Love-But Virgil, who is all great and majestic, &c. requires strength of lines, weight of words, and closeness of expressions; not an ambling Muse running on Carpet-ground, and shod as lightly as a Newmarket
f Ibid. & Milbourn, p.9. I inid. p. 175. i Pag. 39. k Whip and Key, Pref.
| Oldmixon, Essay on Cricicilm, p. 84.
m Milbouin, p 2.
NISTRY, &c. To make Sense of some passages, they must be construed into ROYAL SCANIALf.
He is a Popish Rhymester, bred up with a contempt of the Sacred Writings b. His Religion allows him to destroy Herteicks, not only with his pen, but with fire and fword; and such were all those unhappy Wits whom he sacrificed to his accursed Popish Principles h. It deferved Vengeance to fuggest, that Mr Pope had less Infallibity than his Namefike at Romei.
Mr POPE only a Versifier. The fmooth numbers of the Dunciad are all that recommend it, nor has it any other merit k. It must be owned that he hath got a notable knack of rhyming and writing fmooth verfe !
Mr POP E's HOMER. 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 fome Bog for his HippoHe has no Admirers
among distinguish, discern, and judge n.
those that can
f List, at the end of a Col- tion of Verfes, Letters, &c. lection of Verses, Letters, Ad. Po vertisements, 8vo. Printed for k Mist's Journal of June 8. A. Moore, 1728, and the Pre. 1728 face to it, p 6.
| Character of Mr P. and g Dennis's Remarks on Ho. Dennis on Hom. mer, p. 27.
m Dennis's Rem on Pope's b Preface to Gulliveriana, Homer, p. 12.
n Ibid. p. 14. i Dedication to the Collec,