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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Epigrams and Epitaphs
From the Grub-Street Journal
I. Epigram (“Did Milton’s prose”)
 
          This Journal was established in January, 1730, and carried on for eight years by Pope and his friends, in answer to the attacks provoked by the Dunciad. It corresponds in some measure to the Xenien of Goethe and Schiller. Only such pieces are here inserted as bear Pope’s distinguishing signature A.; several others are probably his. (Ward.)
  
  Occasioned by seeing some sheets of Dr. Bentley’s edition of Milton’s Paradise Lost.

DID Milton’s prose, O Charles, thy death defend?
A furious Foe unconscious proves a Friend.
On Milton’s verse does Bentley comment?—Know
A weak officious Friend becomes a Foe.
While he but sought his Author’s fame to further,        5
The murd’rous critic has avenged thy murder.
 
 
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