|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|AUTHOR:||Alexander Pope (16881744)|
|QUOTATION:||Praise undeservd is scandal in disguise. 1|
|ATTRIBUTION:||Satires, Epistles, and Odes of Horace. Epistle i. Book ii. Line 413.|
This line is from a poem entitled To the Celebrated Beauties of the British Court, given in Bells Fugitive Poetry, vol. iii. p. 118.
The following epigram is from The Grove, London, 1721:
When one good line did much my wonder raise,
In Brsts work, I stood resolved to praise,
And had, but that the modest author cries,
Praise undeserved is scandal in disguise.
On a certain line of Mr. Br, Author of a Copy of Verses called the British Beauties. [back]