1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Dennis

Alexander Pope, "Epigram" Grub-Street Journal (1 July 1731).



Shou'd D—s print how once you robb'd your Brother,
Traduc'd your Monarch, and debauch'd your Mother;
Say what revenge on D—s can be had;
Too dull for laughter, for reply too mad?
On one so poor you cannot take the law;
On one so old your sword you scorn to draw.

Uncag'd then let the harmless Monster rage,
Secure in dullness, madness, want, and age.