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closeness of expression; not an ambling Muse running on Carpet ground, and shod as lightly as a Newmarket racer.He has numberless faults in his Author's meaning, and in propriety of expression o.
Mr. DRYDEN understood no Greek nor Latin.
Mr. Dryden was once, I have heard, at Westminster school : Dr. Busby would have whipt him for so childish a Paraphrasep. The meanest Pedant in England would whip a Lubber of twelve for construing so absurdly 9. The Translator is mad: every line betrays his Stupidity". The faults are innumerable, and convince me that Mr. Dryden did not, or would not understand his Author s. This shews how fit Mr. D. may be to translate Homer! A mistake in a single letter might fall on the Printer well enough, but toxase for ixwe must be the error of the Author : Nor had he art enough to correct it at the Presse. Mr. Dryden writes for the Court Ladies -He writes for the Ladies, and not for use u.
The Translator puts in a little Burlesque now and then into Virgil, for a ragout to his cheated Sub, scribers w.
Mr. DRYDEN tricked his Subscribers. I wonder that any man, who could not but be conscious of his own unfitness for it, should go to amuse the learned world with such an undertaking! A man ought to value his Reputation more than Money; and
o Milb. p. 22, and 192. 9 Pag. 203.
I Pag. 78. t Pag. 19.
u Pag. 144. 190.
P Pag. 72.
w Pag. 67.
He hath a knack at smooth verse, but without either Genius or good Sense, or any tolerable knowledge of English. The qualities which distinguish Homer are the beauties of his Diction, and the Harmony of his Versification-But this little author, who is so much in vogue, has neither Sense in his thoughts, nor English in his expressions
Mr. POPE understood no Greek. He hath undertaken to translate Homer from the Greek, of which he knows not one word, into English, of which he understands as littlep. I wonder how this Gentleman would look, should it be discovered, that he has not translated ten verses together in any book of Homer with justice to the Poet, and yet he dares reproach his fellow-writers with not understanding Greek 9. He has stuck so little to his Original as to have his knowledge in Greek called in question". I should be glad to know which it is of all Homer's Excellencies which has so delighted the Ladies, and the Gentlemen who judge like Ladies s.
But he has a notable talent at Burlesque; his genius fides so naturally into it, that he hath burlesqued Homer without designing it t.
Mr. POPE tricked his Subscribers. It is indeed somewhat bold, and almost prodigious,
• Character of Mr. P. p. 17. and Remarks on Hom. P: 91.
p Dennis's Remarks on Homer, p. 12. 9 Daily Jour. April 23, 1728.
Suppl. to the Profound, Pref. s Oldinixon, Essay on Criticism,
1 Dennis's Remarks, p. 28.
not to hope that those who can read for themselves, will be imposed upon, merely by a partiality and unseasonably celebrated Name *. “ Poetis quidlibet audendi" shall be Mr. Dryden's Motto, though it should extend to picking of pockets y.
Names bestowed on Mr. DRYDEN. An Ape.] A crafty Ape dreft up in a gawdy gown -Whips put into an Ape's paw, to play pranks with -None but Apish and Papilh brats will heed him ?.
An Ass.] A camel will take upon him no more burden than is sufficient for his strength, but there is another beast that crouches under all a.
A Frog.) Poet Squab endued with Poet Maro's Spirit! an ugly, croaking kind of Vermin, which would swell to the bulk of an Ox b.
A COWARD.) A Clinias or a Damætas, or a man of Mr. Dryden's own Courage c.
A KNAVE.] Mr. Dryden has heard of Paul, the Knave of Jesus Chrift: And if I mistake not, I've read somewhere of John Dryden, Servant to his Majeftyd.
A Fool.] Had he not been such a self-conceited Foole.- Some great Poets are positive Blockheads f.
A THING.) So little a Thing as Mr. Dryden &.
z Whip and
* Milb. p. 192.
y Pag. 125 a Milb. p. 105.
b Pag. 11. c Pag: 176. Pag. 57: i Milb. p. 34:
& Ibid. p. 35:
• Whip and Key, Pr.
for a single man to undertake such a work: But it is too
Names bestowed on Mr. POPE.
An Ass.] It is my duty to pull off the Lion's skin
A Frog.] A squab short Gentleman-a little crea-
A COWARD.) A lurking, way-laying coward a.
A KNAve.] He is one whom God and nature have
A Fool.] Great Fools will be christened by the
A THING.) A little abject Thing d.
u Homerides, p. 1, &c. w British Journal, Nov.
Dennis's Rem. on Hom. Pref. 2 Dennis's
b Ibid. c Dennis's Rem.
& Ibid. p. 8.
Persons celebrated in this poem.
The first Number shews the Book, the second the VERSE.
Alaric, iii. 91.