1746 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "Verses sent to a Lady with Pope's Epistles" Gentleman's Magazine 16 (December 1746) 663.



The vain love flatt'ry, pleasure fools persue,
Coquets new conquests, but bright wisdom you.
Truth can you bear, nor spleen nor vapours feign,
Yet blush at scandal with a just disdain.
You see, unmov'd, bohea and whist submit,
With nine-yard hoops, to ridicule and wit;
And think it possible a man may speak
Good sense, who wears an apron all the week.
Pope you can read, yet native ease maintain;
Affect no airs, the formal or the vain;
Swell with no pride, indulge no pert reply,
In sense a man, a maid in modesty.

When this great bard, in honest satire bold,
Dares ev'ry female foible to unfold,
Guiltless yourself, you'll see, with wond'ring eyes,
The motley picture of the sex arise;
Zealous, with Pope, their manners to correct,
And with your virtues contrast each defect.