Alexander Pope (16881744). Complete Poetical Works. 1903.
To the Author of a Poem Entitled Successio
Elkanah Settle, celebrated as Doeg in Drydens Absalom and Achitophel, wrote Successio in honor of the incoming Brunswick dynasty. Warburton (or possibly Pope) in a note on Dunciad, I. 181, says that the poem was written at fourteen years old, and soon after printed. A good instance of Popes economy of material will be found in the passage upon which that note bears: an adaptation of lines 4, 17 and 18 of this early poem. It was first published in Lintots Miscellanies, 1712.