This was first printed in 1723, then among the 'Miscellanies' in 1727, and finally incorporated, with some slight alterations, in the Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot, 11. 192-214.
"These celebrated lines are at once a masterpiece of Pope's skill as a poet and his base disposition as a man. They unite the most exquisite finish of sarcastic expression with the venomous malignity of personal rancour." — Pope's Satires, Clarendon Press Series, note.
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