1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "To be inserted in the next Edition of the Dunciad" Gulliveriana: or, a Fourth Volume of Miscellanies (1728) 316.



Homer describing the divine Abodes,
Mingled a crippl'd Vulcan with his Gods;
And the same Bard, when he his Heroes sings,
Crouds a Thersites in among his Kings;
A crooked, petulant, malicious Wight,
Unfit for Converse, Friendship, Love, or Fight;
The Scum and Shame of Greece, whose Mother Nature
Impress'd the Scoundrel strong on every Feature.

Should Homer now revive, and sing agen,
Of Gods Immortal, or of God-like Men;
As a strong Foil, he'd make the Murd'rer P—e
The Vulcan, and Thersites of the Group.