On Reading Mr. Pope's Poems

by Elizabeth Bentley

Elizabeth Bentley

GREAT Pope! was ever verse compar'd with thine?
Did ever genius so conspicuous shine?
In ev'ry page sublime, throughout the whole
Thou hast display'd a great and noble soul;
With native elegance express'd each thought,
And poetry to full perfection brought.
To praise thy sense and judgment, heav'nly Bard!
It is for my poor pen a task too hard.
Ages unborn shall pay the debt of fame
Due to thy works and thy illustrious name.

Last updated January 14, 2019