1736 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "To Mr. Pope, on his Essay on Criticism" Flowers of Parnassus, or, The Ladies Miscellany (1736) 97.



What just Surprize, bright Youth, thy Pen excites?
How artful are its Strokes, how bold its Flights!
What Critick dares, but with Confusion view
His Limits bounded, and prescrib'd by you?
So, when some young, but well-branch'd Tree shoot forth
In cluster'd Gold, all Praise its early Worth;
Rome! boast thy Head no more, to Britain stoop,
Now Britain glories to confess a Pope.