1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "A Tale" The Daily Journal (6 May 1729).



Upon a Time there stroll'd to Town
An honest and well-meaning Clown;
To Coffee-House he went, and read,
How that Old Antichrist was dead;
O ho! quoth he, lie quiet Pope,
Now we shall be at rest, I hope.

A Wag stood by, that lov'd a Jest,
Cry'd Countryman, pray not so fast,
Ev'n lay aside your groundless Hope,
While there is Pride you'll have A. POPE.