Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux

[Boileau] (1 November 1636 – 13 March 1711 / Paris, France)

Canto Iv The Argument

Alas ! The Poëms curious Model
Is Alter'd quite i'th' Poets Noddle !
So Nature oft, for want of Tools,
Decrees Wise men, produces Fools :
To tell you True, my Muse and I
Design'd at first, the Victory
To Master Dean ; how't came about
I cannot tell ; but now the Rout
Is His : yet so, The Fancy's righer

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