1735 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pope

Anonymous, "The Bite. Occasion'd by the publication of a volume of Trash, or Letters" Grub-Street Journal (17 July 1735).



Long [Curll] had rail'd, and advertis'd,
What none but fools believ'd;
It comes, 'tis look'd at, and despis'd,
The fools are undeceiv'd.

Are these — Letters, —, or yours?
Must this new volume pass?
G— D— such c—ting sons of —!
How dare you show your face?

Pillor'd, purg'd, vomited, in vain,
He still presumes to write;
With lies, and trash attempts again,
The cheated world to —.

So papers neatly folded lie,
All in the publick way,
And every fool, that passes by,
May take a T—d away.