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Printed in the JOURNALS, 1730.

W Hereas

, upon occasion of certain Pieces rela

ting to the Gentlenien 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 our opin on, that to call these Gentlemen bad authors is no sort of abuse, but a great truth. We cannot alter this opinion without fome 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.

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VII.

A

P A R A L L E L

OF THE

CHARACTERS

Ο F

Mr DRYDEN and Mr POPE.

As drawn by certain of their contemporaries.

Mr DRYDEN,

His POLITICS, RELIGION, MORALS.

M M

R Dryden is a mere renegado from monarchy,

poetry, and good sense 2. A true republican son of monarchical Church b. A republican Atheists. 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 RepresENTA TIVES notoriously libell'd. It is fcandalum magnatumi, yea of MAJESTY it felfe. He looks upon God's Gospel as a foolllh fable, like

Milbourn on Dryden's d Pag. 8. Virgil, 8vo. 1698. p. 6. e Whip and Key, 410. b Pag. 38

a

printed for R. Janeway, 1682. Preface,

c Pag. 192

VII.

А

PAR A L L E L

OF THE

CHARACTERS

OF

Mr POPE and Mr DRYDEN.

As drawn by certain of their contemporariesi

Mr P OPE, His POLITICS, RELIGION, MORALS.

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R Pope is an open and mortal enemy to his

country, and the commonwealth of learning Some call him a popish wbig, which is directly inconfiftent b. Pope, as a Papist, must be a tory and high flyerc. 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 abufed 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 Mia Denois's Rem.

on the

c Preface to Gulliveriana. the Rape of the Lock, Pref. d Dennis, Character of MrP.

e Theobald, Letter in Mill's b Dunciad diflectid.

Journal, June 22. 1728.

P. xii.

the Pope, to whom he is a pitiful purveyor f. His very christianity may be questioned 8.

He ought to expect more severity than other men, as he is most unmerciful in his own reflections on others h.

With as good a right as his Holiness, he sets 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 laid 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. Tonson calls it Dryden's Virgil, to sew that this is not that Virgil so admir'd in the Augustean age; but a Virgil of another stamp, a silly impertinent, nonsenfical writer. Nune but a Bavius, a Mævius, or a Ba. thyllus carp'd at Virgil m; and none but such unthink. ing 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 NISTRY, &c. To make Sense of some passages, they must be construed into ROYAL SCANDALf.

f Ibid. g Milburn, p.9. hibid. p. 175. i Pag. 38.

| Oldmixon, Essay on Criticism, p. 84.

m Milbouin, p 2.
n Pag. 35.

k Whip and Key, Pref.

He is a Popish Rhymester, bred up with a contempt of the Sacred Writings 8. His Religion allows him to destroy Herteicks, not only with his pen, but with fire and sword; and such were all those unhappy Wits whom he sacrificed to his accursed Popish Principlesh. It deferved Vengeance to fuggeft, that Mr Pope had less Infallibity than his Namesake at 'Rome i

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 finooth verfe 1.

Mr POP E's HOME R. 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 Parnaffus, and a puddle in fome Bog for his Hippo

He has no Admirers among those that can distinguish, discern, and judge n.

a

crene m.

f List, at the end of a Col- tion of Verses, 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 Ibit. p. 14. i Dedication to the Collec

P. II.

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