1744 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "On Mr. Pope's Death being mention'd in some Newspapers without any Account of his Character, Works, Life, Age, or Circumstances of his last Illness" Bath Journal (25 June 1744).



When some fat Burgess, nurs'd in legal Stealth,
Resigns his worthless Soul and Sin-got Wealth;
The pompous Paragraph expands his Name,
And Advertisers hawk him one Day's Fame:
But when from Britain, all the Muses fled,
Scarce half a Line inform'd us, Pope was dead!
Thus, should Oxonia's City sink in Fire,
And Trade and Science in one Blaze — expire;
As well on Shops might dull Attention turn,
And unregarded, the — Bodleian burn.