1733 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Henry Fielding

Anonymous, "To a Gentleman, who had bound up some of Swift's and Pope's Poems, with one of F—'s Plays" Grub-Street Journal (31 May 1733).



Say wretch, what enmity, what rage
Cou'd thus provoke thee to profane
The pure inimitable page
Of POPE, and our unrivall'd DEAN?

Not PHALARIS, with tyrant heart,
Cou'd half thy savage glory claim:
He, only rack'd the mortal part,
But thou attempt'st to murder fame.

Thy F—'s labours thus to save,
Extreamly elegant, and nice is;
Like wise Egyptians, from the grave
Preserving carcasses with spices.

In this position, be assur'd,
He's more conspicuously undone;
For MERCURY'S but more obscur'd,
By being plac'd too near the SUN.