1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Gildon

Alexander Pope, in The Dunciad (1728; 1742); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 5:198-99.



Ah Dennis! Gildon ah! what ill-starr'd rage
Divides a friendship, long confirm'd by age?
Blockheads with reason wicked wits abhor,
But fool with fool is barb'rous civil war.
Embrace, embrace my sons! be foes no more!
Nor glad vile Poets with true Critics gore.