|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|Alexander Pope. (16881744) (continued)|
| Dogs, ye have had your day!|
| The Odyssey of Homer. Book xxii. Line 41.|
| For dear to gods and men is sacred song.|
Self-taught I sing; by Heaven, and Heaven alone,
The genuine seeds of poesy are sown.
| The Odyssey of Homer. Book xxii. Line 382.|
| So ends the bloody business of the day.|
| The Odyssey of Homer. Book xxii. Line 516.|
| And rest at last where souls unbodied dwell,|
In ever-flowing meads of Asphodel.
| The Odyssey of Homer. Book xxiv. Line 19.|
| The ruins of himself! now worn away|
With age, yet still majestic in decay.
| The Odyssey of Homer. Book xxiv. Line 271.|
| And oer the past Oblivion stretch her wing.|
| The Odyssey of Homer. Book xxiv. Line 557.|
| Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed. 1|
| Letter to Gay, Oct. 6, 1727.|
| This is the Jew|
That Shakespeare drew. 2
|John Gay. (16851732)|
| T was when the sea was roaring|
With hollow blasts of wind,
A damsel lay deploring,
All on a rock reclind.
| The What d ye call it. Act ii. Sc. 8.|
Pope calls this the eighth beatitude (Roscoes edition of Pope, vol. x. page 184). [back]
On the 14th of February, 1741, Macklin established his fame as an actor in the character of Shylock, in the Merchant of Venice.
Macklins performance of this character so forcibly struck a gentleman in the pit that he, as it were involuntarily, exclaimed,
This is the Jew
That Shakespeare drew!
It has been said that this gentleman was Mr. Pope, and that he meant his panegyric on Macklin as a satire against Lord Lansdowne.Biographia Dramatica, vol. i. part ii. p. 469. [back]