1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "Verses on Reading the Dunciad, by an impartial Judge" Daily Journal (20 September 1728).



An Herd of Swine, to the deep Sea,
Was headlong hurl'd, in HOLY WRIT;
Another HERE, as all agree,
Is sunk, in an Abyss of Wit.

But, as the DEVILS, in that Case,
The wretched, silly, Cattle drown'd;
Who cou'd, but DEVILS, in this Place,
Plunge POETS, in the vast Profound?

No Wonder those contrive that these,
Shou'd share of their allotted Hell;
DEVILS have ever us'd such Ways,
With Mortals, since from Heav'n they fell.

But cou'd ought give ill-fated Elves
Malignant Pleasure, 'twou'd be This,
"To think their Torturers are themselves
Tormented, in the black Abyss."