1719 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "On Mr. Pope's Translation of Homer" Musapaedia, or Miscellany Poems (1719) 30.



As oft, in vain, as he essay'd to tell
In Foreign Tongues how Troy and Priam fell,
Old Homer has at last attain'd to speak
In smoother Accents than his Native Greek;
Blind heretofore the Bard receives new Sight,
And ev'n in Age becomes the Fair's Delight;
How much to POPE is due from US, and HIM?
Since HOMER Nods no more, nor do his Readers Dream.