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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
Epigrams and Epitaphs
From the Grub-Street Journal
II. Epigram (“Should D[enni]s print”)
SHOULD D[enni]s print, how once you robb’d your brother,
Traduced your monarch, and debauch’d your mother;
Say, what revenge on D[enni]s can be had;
Too dull for laughter, for reply too mad?
Of one so poor you cannot take the law;        5
On one so old your sword you scorn to draw.
Uncaged then let the harmless monster rage,
Secure in dulness, madness, want, and age.

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