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" As shallow streams run dimpling all the way. Whether in florid impotence he speaks, And, as the prompter breathes, the puppet squeaks, Or at the ear of Eve, familiar toad, Half froth, half venom, spits himself abroad... "
An Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope ... - Page 249
by Joseph Warton - 1806
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W.H. Auden's Book of Light Verse

Wystan Hugh Auden - Poetry - 2004 - 553 pages
...Eternal smiles his emptiness betray, As shallow streams run dimpling all the way. Whether in florid impotence he speaks, And, as the prompter breathes,...himself abroad, In puns, or politics, or tales, or lies, Or spite, or smut, or rhymes, or blasphemies. His wit all see-saw, between that and this, Now...
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Alexander Pope and His Critics: An essay on the genius and writings of Pope ...

Joseph Warton - 2004 - 432 pages
...all the way. Whether \njlorid Impotence he fpeaks, And as the prompter breathes the puppet fqucaks^ Or at the ear of Eve, familiar toad *, Half froth, half venom, fpits himfclf abroad. In puns, or politics, or tales, or lyes, Or fpite, or fmut, or rhymes, or blafphemies.—...
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The Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire

Kirk Freudenburg - History - 2005 - 352 pages
...Eternal smiles his emptiness betray, As shallow streams run dimpling all the way. Whether in florid impotence he speaks, And - as the prompter breathes...spits himself abroad, In puns or politics or tales or lies Or spite or smut or rhymes or blasphemies, His wit all see-saw between 'that' and 'this', Now...
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The Pleasure of Poetry: Reading and Enjoying British Poetry from Donne to Burns

Nicolas H. Nelson - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 267 pages
...Eternal smiles his emptiness betray, As shallow streams run dimpling all the way. Whether in florid impotence he speaks, And, as the prompter breathes,...himself abroad, In puns, or politics, or tales, or lies, Or spite, or smut, or rhymes, or blasphemies. His wit all seesaw between that and this, Now high,...
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