1744 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

A Lady, "On reading some Lines in the Daily Advertiser" London Evening Post (28 June 1744).



What Dunghill Breed cou'd ever think or hope
To please, by crowing on the Grave of POPE.
Forbear, thou spurious Thing, to be elert,
Nor daub thy Quill with raking in the Dirt.

Ye Muses all, assist in POPE'S behalf,
And make this Animal confound himself;
Or teach him to abhor the Lines he wrote;
And if he hopes for Mercy, own his Fault.
Had I the Poet's Genius, whom I mourn,
I'd soon convince the Creature he was wrong.

—But Oh!—
POPE dies, Britannia groans beneath her Wound,
And Europe eccho's to the mournful Sound:
The Sons of Learning shudder at the Stroke,
And universal Goodness feels a Shock.