1727 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "To Mr. Pope, on his second Subscription for Homer" Whartoniana: or, Miscellanies in Verse and Prose (1727) 1:144.



Your Pen with MARLBOROUGH'S Sword is much the same,
He fought, you write, for Profit, more than for Fame:
His Eagles after Grants and Pensions flew,
And all your Laurels from Subscriptions grew:
His Friendship too, like yours, was false, and feign'd,
No longer lasting than his Ends were gain'd:
Thus then at once, we both your Deeds rehearse,
Gold was his God of War, your God of Verse.