1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Bond

Alexander Pope, in The Dunciad (1728); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 5:372.



Lo Bond and Foxton, ev'ry nameless name,
All crowd, who foremost shall be damn'd to Fame?
Some strain in rhyme; the Muses, on their racks,
Scream, like the winding of ten thousand Jacks:
Some free from rhyme or reason, rule or check,
Break Priscian's head, and Pegasus's neck;
Down, down they larum, with impetuous whirl,
The Pindars, and the Miltons, of a Curl.