1725 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Gildon

Jonathan Swift to Alexander Pope, 26 November 1725; in Works of Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 9:63.



Take care the bad Poets do not out-wit you, whom they have provoked to transmit their names to posterity. Maevius is as well known as Virgil, and Gildon will be as well known as you, if his name gets into your Verses: and as to the difference between good and bad fame, 'tis but a perfect trifle.