Language far too strong. Pope could not have admired Halifax, or be would not have exposed him to ridicule in the matter of the corrections to the Homer. But Pope bestowed posthumous praise on him in the preface to the Iliad, and the poet was not the man to do this to any object of his scorn and hatred. And though we must allow that the character of Bufo, in the Prologue to the Satires, is probably intended for Halifax, yet it is not necessary to assign any particular hatred as the cause of even so severe a satire as this from the pen of Pope.
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