1729 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "Verses occasioned by the Frontispiece before the first Editions of the Dunciad" Daily Journal (3 September 1729).



Emblem of Dullness, Pope presents an Owl,
Pallas for Wisdom chose the self same Fowl;
Which shall we praise, or which shall ridicule?
If Pope's the Wit, then Pallas is the Fool;
Here Criticks solve the Doubt, Ah! could we see
That Pope and Pallas could but once agree!

ANOTHER.
Pope and his Emblem Owl exactly fit,
He shews her Shapes, and she describes his Wit;
Tho' for Support they act by different Rules,
One lives by catching Mice, the other Fools.

ANOTHER.
Cibber and Dennis form the humble Base
While Ogilby adorns the Middle Space;
Blackmore and Theobald higher yet arise,
And bear the Column nearer to the Skies.
Pope like an Indian King in Feathers drest,
Ends in a Point, and so compleats the Jest.

ANOTHER.
Had Pope assign'd to each their proper Place,
Cibber had been above, her Grace* the Base:
And tho' beneath a Bard, would hardly show
The least Resentment that she lay so low;
That Station only then she'd disapprove,
Had she been underneath, and Pope above.

* The Dutchess of Newcastle, in the Reign of Charles I.