1742 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Cooke

Alexander Pope, in The Dunciad (1728; 1742); Works, ed. Warton (1796-97) 5:140 & n.



To him the Goddess: Son! thy grief lay down,
And turn this whole illusion on the town
As the sage dame, experienc'd in her trade,
By names of Toasts retails each batter'd Jade;
(Whence hapless Monsieur much complains at Paris
Of wrongs from Duchesses and Lady Maries;)
Be thine, my stationer! this magic gift;
Cook shall be Prior, and Concanen, Swift:
So shall each hostile name become our own,
And we too boast our Garth and Addison.

Cook shall be Prior,] The man here specified writ a thing called The Battle of Poets, in which Philips and Welsted were the Heroes, and Swift and Pope utterly routed. He also published some malevolent things in the British, London, and Daily Journals; and at the same time wrote letters to Mr. Pope, protesting his Innocence. His chief work was a translation of Hesiod, to which Theobald wrote notes and half notes, which he carefully owned. Warburton.