1752 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Nathaniel Weekes, in On the Abuse of Poetry (1752) 10-11.



What made immortal Pope distinguish'd shine?
Truths well explain'd, and Sentiments divine.
POPE! sacred Bard! in all thy Works we find
The copious Wisdom of thy mighty Mind!
Strong and harmonious are thy Numbers writ,
Fraught with good Sense, and arm'd with solid Wit:
Correct, yet free, concise, yet not obscure;
In Judgment happy, and in Language pure.
Whose ev'ry Thought with Strength of Virtue shines,
And Truths immortal beam in all his Lines.

Do'st thou a Poet's deathless Name desire?
For Wisdom, Glory, and for Fame aspire?
Make Pope thy Guide, thy Teacher, and thy Plan;
I like the Poet, but I hate the Man.