1737 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

William Shenstone, "To Mr. Pope, on his Dunciad" Poems upon Several Occasions (1737) 38-39.



Fain wou'd successless Folly blame
Thy matchless Works, and thee;
And Envy labours to defame
The Charms, she grieves to see:

Merit, like thine, by these beset,
May bless their dull Designs:
The sparkling Di'mond fixt in Jet,
With added Lustre shines.

O! Pope, each friend kind Heav'n bestows,
That can thy Fame increase:
Next them, thrice happy in the Foes,
'Twere ev'n Disgrace to please!

With puny Wit, and Spite profound,
The Tribe its Shame pursues;
As Bees, to dart a trivial Wound,
Their little Lives would lose.

'Tis theirs, with Self-condemning guilt,
To level harmless Sneers:
'Tis thine, like Phoebus, where thou wilt,
To fix the Ass's Ears.