1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Shadwell

Alexander Pope, in The Dunciad (1728; 1742); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 5:112.



Not sulphur-tipt, emblaze an Alehouse fire;
Not wrap up Oranges, to pelt your sire!
O! pass more innocent, in infant state,
To the mild Limbo of our Father Tate:
Or peaceably forgot, at once be blest
In Shadwell's bosom with eternal Rest!
Soon to that mass of Nonsense to return,
Where things destroy'd are swept to things unborn.