1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Broome

W. J. Courthope, Note in Works of Alexander Pope (1871-89) 4:318-19.



It is rather hard to see why he should have inserted the name of Broome here [Dunciad 1728 3:146], for though he says in his note that the allusion is to Ben Jonson's serving-man, the reader of his own time would have supposed him to mean William Broome, his coadjutor in the Translation of the Odyssey, with whom he had previously quarrelled, and whom he had satirised in the Bathos, and in the original reading of ver. 332 in the Third Book. But Broome and he were now reconciled, and the satirical reference in the early editions had been removed at Broome's request. The line as it stands has no particular point