1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Bentley

Alexander Pope, "Epigram occasion'd by seeing some Sheets of Dr. Bentley's Edition of Milton's Paradise Lost" Grub-Street Journal (2 December 1731).



Did MILTON'S Prose, O CHARLES, thy Death defend?
A furious Foe unconscious proves a Friend.
On MILTON'S Verse does B—t—ly comment? — Know
A weak, officious Friend becomes a Foe.
While he but sought his Author's Fame to further,
The murd'rous Critic has aveng'd thy Murder.