1728 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Broome

Anonymous, "An Epigram, occasion'd by Pope's Abuse of Mr. Broome, Author of the Dissertation and Notes upon Homer" Daily Journal (2 October 1728).



By Pope's Applause, Broome gain'd a Critick's Fame,
And by his Envy lost the Poet's Name.
(Thus does the Moon, in feeble Radiance bright,
Eclipse the Sun, to whom she owes her Light)
How vile the Instruments which Heav'n employs,
To swell our Sorrows, or exalt our Joys!
So Rome's fam'd Capitol, devoid of Aid,
A Goose once sav'd, a Strumpet once betray'd.