1714 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

John Hughes, "Advice to Mr. Pope, on his intended Translation of Homer's Illiad" Poems and Translations by Several Hands (1714) 245.



O Thou, who with a Happy Genius born,
Canst tuneful Verse in flowing Numbers turn,
Crown'd on thy Windsor's Plains with Early Bays,
Be early wise, nor trust to barren Praise.
Blind was the Bard that sung Achilles' Rage,
He sung and begg'd, and curs'd th' ungiving Age;
If Britain his translated Song wou'd hear,
First take the Gold — then charm the list'ning Ear,
So shall thy Father Homer smile to see
His Pension pay'd, — tho' late, and pay'd to Thee.