1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

A Young Gentleman of Cambridge, in "The Modern Poets" Grub-Street Journal (18 November 1731).



But who like POPE the pow'r of numbers knows?
Now in loose, easy couplets sweet he flows.
If lawns or shadowy woods he makes his theme,
Of if he paint the Thames's stream,
Your senses all are ravish'd with delight,
And every object's plac'd before your sight.
But if he makes the blustring north-wind roar,
Or rolling surges lash the sounding shore;
The strong description with such art is wrought,
With dread you'll read, and shudder at the thought.
Nor shall I dare, (so well deserv'd his fame)
To cast the least reflection on his name.