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Alexander's Feast, or the Power of Music ; an Ode
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The Rape of the Lock.
This seems to be Mr. Pope's most finished produc
tion, and is, perhaps, the most perfect in our language. It exhibits stronger powers of imagination, more harmony of numbers, and a greater knowledge of the world, than any other of this poet's works: and it is probable, if our country were called upon to shew a specimen of their genius to foreigners, this would be the work here fixed upon.
THAT dire offence from am'rous causes springs,
What mighty contests rise from trivial things, I fing-This verse to CARYL, Muse! is due : This, ev'n Belinda may vouchsafe to view : Slight is the fubject, but not fo the praise, If She inspire, and He approve my lays. VOL.I.
Say what strange motive, Goddess! could compel
Some fecret truths, from learned pride conceald,