1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Flecknoe

Alexander Pope, in The Dunciad (1728; 1742); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 5:125-26 & n.



High on a gorgeous seat, that far outshone
Henley's gilt Tub, or Fleckno's Irish Throne,
Or that, where on her Curlls the Public pours
All-bounteous, fragrant grains, and golden show'rs;
Great Cibber sate....

or Fleckno's Irish throne,] Richard Fleckno was an Irish priest, but had laid aside (as himself expressed it) the mechanic part of priesthood. He printed some plays, poems, letters, and travels. I doubt not, our author took occasion to mention him in respect to the Poem of Mr. Dryden, to which this bears some resemblance, though of a character more different from it than that of the Aeneid from the Iliad, or the Lutrin of Boileau from the Defait de Bouts rimees of Sarazin. Warburton.