1786 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

James Day, "Lines. Occasioned by an Acquaintance quoting the following sentiment of Mr. Pope" Morning Chronicle and London Advertiser (22 July 1786).



"And every woman is at heart a rake."

Tho' Mr. Alexander Pope,
Has given scandal ample scope,
The man of sense who reads the lay,
Will veil it from the face of day,
Not quote the misanthropic line,
Because the POPE is held divine.
Lincoln's-Inn-Fields.