1731 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "To Mr. Pope on his being personally abused" Grub-Street Journal (15 July 1731).



Thy wit in vain th' invenom'd Critic gnaws:
The polish'd metal breaks the Serpent's jaws.
Pain'd and inrag'd it on thy person flies;
But strait drops off, and feebly hissing dies.
Impartial Heav'n which ne'er thought fit to join
A beauteous form to such bright wit as thine;
Careless to grace the frail corporeal part,
Has on thy Soul exerted double art.