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Alexander Pope (1688–1744). Complete Poetical Works. 1903.

Poems: 1718–27

An Inscription upon a Punch-Bowl

  • In the South Sea Year, for a Club: Chased with Jupiter Placing Callisto in the Skies, and Europa with the Bull
  • Pope himself became seriously involved in the South Sea speculations, and while he does not appear to have been a heavy loser in the end, his unwise action for friends, notably for Lady Mary Wortley seems to have gotten him into some difficulties. This was of course written before the bursting of the bubble; presumably in 1720.
COME, fill the South Sea goblet full;

The gods shall of our stock take care;

Europa pleased accepts the Bull,

And Jove with joy puts off the Bear.