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

Poems of Uncertain Date

To the Right Hon. the Earl of Oxford

Upon a Piece of News in Mist [Mist’s Journal] That the Rev. Mr. W. Refused to Write against Mr. Pope Because His Best Patron Had a Friendship for the Said Pope

WESLEY, if Wesley ’t is they mean,

They say on Pope would fall,

Would his best Patron let his Pen

Discharge his inward gall.

What Patron this, a doubt must be,

Which none but you can clear,

Or father Francis, ’cross the sea,

Or else Earl Edward here.

That both were good must be confess’d,

And much to both he owes;

But which to him will be the best

The Lord of Oxford knows.