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rection and perfection ; and six years more he intend. ed to bestow upon it, as it should seem by this verse of Statius, which was cited at the head of his manu. script,
Oh mihi bissenos multum vigilata per annos,
Duncia"! Hence also we learn the true title of the poem ; which with the same certainty as we call that of Homer the Iliad, of Virgil the Æneid, of Camoëns the Lusiad, we may pronounce, could have been, and can be no other than
The DUNCIAD. It is styled heroic, as being doubly so; not only with respect to its nature, which, according to the best rules of the ancients, and strictest ideas of the moderns, is critically such ; but also with regard to the heroical disposition and high courage of the writer, who dared to stir up such a formidable, irritable, and implacable race of mortals.
There may arise some obscurity in chronology from the names in the poem, by the inevitable removal of some authors, and insertion of others, in their niches. For whoever will consider the unity of the whole design, will be sensible, that the poem was not made for these authors, but these authors for the poem. I should judge that they were clapped in as they rose, fresh and fresh, and changed from day to day; in like manner as when the old boughs wither, we thrust new ones into a chimney.
I would not have the reader too much troubled or anxious, if he cannot decypher them; since when he shall have found them out, he will probably know no more of the persons than before. :
h The prefacer to Curl's Key, p. 3. took this word to be really in Statius: “ By a quibble on the word Duncia, the Dunciad is formed.” Mr. Ward also follows him in the same opinion.
Yet we judged it better to preserve them as they are, than to change them for fictitious names; by which the satire would only be multiplied, and applied to many instead of one. Had the hero, for instance, been called Codrus, how many would have affirmed him to have been Mr. T. Mr. E. Sir R. B. &c. but now all that unjust scandal is saved, by calling him by a name, which by good luck happens to be that of a real person.
A LIST of BOOKS, PAPERS, and VERSES,
in which our Author was abused, before the Publi·cation of the DUNCIAD; with the true Names
of the Authors.
REFLECTIONS critical and satirical, on a late
Rhapsody, called An Essay on Criticism. By Mr. Dennis; printed by B. Lintot, price 6d.
A new Rehearsal, or Bays the Younger; containing an Examen of Mr. Rowe's plays, and a word or two on Mr. Pope's Rape of the Lock. Anon. [By Charles Gildon.] Printed for J. Roberts, 1714, price is.
Homerides, or a Letter to Mr. Pope, occasioned by his intended translation of Homer." By Sir Iliad Dogrel [Tho. Burnet and G. Ducket, Esquires. ] Printed for W. Wilkins, 1715, price gd.
Æsop at the Bear-garden; a Vision, in imitation of the Temple of Fame, by Mr. Preston. Sold by John Morphew, 1715, price 6d.
The Catholic Poet, or Protestant Barnaby's Sor. rowful Lamentation ; a Ballad about Homer's Iliad. By Mrs. Centlivre, and others, 1715, price id.
An Epilogue to a Puppet-shew at Bath, concerning the said Iliad. By George Ducket, Esq. Printed by E. Curl.
A complete Key to the What d'ye call it. Anon. [By Griffin, a player, supervised by Mr. Th- ] Printed by J. Roberts, 1715.
A true Character of Mr. P. and his Writings, in a letter to a friend. Anon. [Dennis] Printed for S. Popping, 1716, price 3d.
The Confederates, a Farce. By Joseph Gay. [J. D. Breval] Printed for R. Burleigh, 1717, price is.
Remarks upon Mr. Pope's Translation of Homer; with two Letters concerning the Windsor Forest, and the Temple of Fame. By Mr. Dennis, printed for E. Curl, 1717, price is. 68.
Şatires on the Translators of Homer, Mr. P. and Mr. T. Anon. [Bez. Morris] 1717, price 6d.
The Triumvirate; or, a Letter from Palæmon to Celia at Bath. Anon. [Leonard Welsted] 1711, folio, price is.
The Battle of Poets ; an heroic poem. By Tho. Cooke, printed for J. Roberts, folio, 1725.
Memoirs of Lilliput. Anon. [Eliza Haywood] octavo, printed in 1727.
An Essay on Criticism, in prose. By the Author of the Critical History of England [J. Oldmixon] octavo, printed 1728.
Gulliveriana and Alexandriana ; with an ample Preface and Critique on Swift and Pope's Miscellanies. By Jonathan Smedley, printed by J. Roberts, octavo, 1728.
Characters of the Times ; or, an Account of the Writings, Characters, &c. of several Gentlemen libelled by S- and P-, in a late Miscellany, octavo, 1728.
Remarks on Mr. Pope's Rape of the Lock, in Let. ters to a Friend. By Mr. Dennis ; written in 1724, though not printed till 1728, octavo.
VERSES, LETTERS, Essays, or ADVERTISEMENTS,
in the PUBLIC PRINTS.
-- British Journal, Nov. 25, 1727. A Letter on Swift and Pope's Miscellanies. [Writ by M. Concanen.]
Daily Journal, March 18, 1728. A Letter by Philomauri. James-Moore Smith.
· Id. March 29. A Letter about Thersites ; accusing the Author of disaffection to the Government. By James-Moore Smith.
Mist's Weekly Journal, March 30. An Essay on the Arts of a Poet's sinking in Reputation; or, a Supplement to the Art of Sinking in Poetry. [Supposed by Mr. Theobald.]
Daily Journal, April 3. A Letter under the name of Philo-ditto. By James-Moore Smith.
Flying-Post, April 5. A Letter against Gulliver and Mr. P. [By Mr. Oldmixon.]
Daily Journal, April 5. An Auction of Goods at Twickenham. By James-Moore Smith. · The Flying-Post, April 6. A Fragment of a Treatise upon Swift and Pope. By Mr. Oldmixon.
The Senator, April.9. On the same. By Edward Roome.
Daily Journal, April 8. Advertisement by James. Moore Smith.
Flying-Post, April 13. Verses against Dr. Swift, and against Mr. P_'s Homer. By J. Oldmixon.
Daily Journal, April 23. Letter about the Translation of the Character of Thersites in Homer. By Thomas Cooke, &c.
Mist's Weekly Journal, April 27. A Letter of Lewis Theobald.
Daily Journal, May 11. A Letter against Mr. P. at large. Anon. [John Dennis.]
All these were afterwards reprinted in a pamphlet, entituled, A Collection of all the Verses, Essays, Letters, and Advertisements occasioned by Mr. Pope and Swift's Miscellanies, prefaced by Concanen, Anonymous, octavo, and printed for A. Moore, 1728, price 18. Others of an elder date, having lain as waste paper many years, were, upon the publication of the Dunciad, brought out, and their authors betrayed by the mercenary booksellers (in hopes of some possibility of vending a few) by advertising them in this