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THE AUGUSTAN REPRINT SOCIETY

THE SCRIBLERIAD

(Anonymous)

(1742)

LORD HERVEY

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VERBAL AND PRACTICAL VIRTUE

(1742)

Introduction by A. J. SAMBROOK

PUBLICATION NUMBER 125 WILLIAM ANDREWS CLARK MEMORIAL LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES 1967

GENERAL EDITORS

George Robert Guffey, University of California, Los Angeles Earl Miner, University of California, Los Angeles Maximillian E. Novak, University of California, Los Angeles Robert Vosper, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

ADVISORY EDITORS

Richard C. Boys, University of Michigan James L. Clifford, Columbia University Ralph Cohen, University of California, Los Angeles Vinton A. Dearing, University of California, Los Angeles Arthur Friedman, University of Chicago Louis A. Landa, Princeton University Samuel H. Monk, University of Minnesota Everett T. Moore, University of California, Los Angeles Lawrence Clark Powell, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library James Sutherland, University College, London H. T. Swedenberg, Jr., University of California, Los Angeles

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY

Edna C. Davis, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library

INTRODUCTION

Though they are never particularly edifying, literary quarrels may at times be educative. Always savage, attacks on Pope reached their lowest depths of scurrility in 1742, when, in addition to the usual prose and doggerel verse pamphlets, engravings were being circulated portraying Pope in a brothel this on the basis of the story told in the notorious Letter from Mr. Cibber to Mr. Pope , dated 7 July 1742.[1] The Augustan Reprint Society has already reissued three of the anonymous Grub Street attacks made upon Pope in this busy year,[2] but the present volume is intended to complete the picture of the battle lines by reprinting a verse attack launched from the court by Hervey presenting himself as Cibber's ally and a verse defence that comes, in point of artistry, clearly from or near Grub Street itself.

Lord Hervey's verses, The Difference between Verbal and Practical Virtue , were published between 21 and 24 August 1742, less than a week after the same author's prose pamphlet ( A Letter to Mr. C b r, On his Letter to Mr. P . ) which had compared the art of Pope and Cibber to Cibber's advantage, and had roundly concluded that Pope was " a second rate Poet , a bad Companion , a dangerous Acquaintance , an inveterate, implacable Enemy , nobody's Friend , a noxious Member of Society , and a thorough bad Man ." In the course of the prose pamphlet Hervey had suggested that there was a certain incongruity between Pope's true character and his assumed persona of the "virtuous man," and this incongruity forms the main subject of his verse attack. Here Hervey finds examples of "the difference between verbal and practical virtue" in the lives of Horace, Seneca, and Sallust, before turning to lampoon Pope crossly and ineptly. The attack on Horace is well conceived for Hervey's purpose and calculated to damage Pope who was in so many eyes, including his own, the modern heir of that ancient poet, but the straight abuse directed against Pope's person is sad stuff. Such lines as those on the "yelping Mungril" (p. 6) serve only to show how squarely the "well bred Spaniels" taunt in the Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot had hit its target. Hervey's poem carried a prefatory letter headed "Mr. C b er to Mr. P.," making out that Cibber had a hand in writing the poem itself. Coming so soon after Hervey's Letter to Cibber , which had carried the markedly intimate subscription "With the greatest Gratitude and Truth, most affectionately yours," this prefatory letter to the poem further emphasized Hervey's firm and deliberate alliance with Cibber.

Evidently it was the strangeness of this alliance between the two opponents of Pope that struck the fancy of that unidentified "Scriblerus" whose "Epistle to the Dunces," The Scribleriad , was published between 30 September and 2 October 1742... Continue reading book >>




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