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Alexander Pope (1688–1744).  Complete Poetical Works.  1903.
 
Poems: 1718–27
Poems Suggested by Gulliver
I. Ode to Quinbus Flestrin
 
        
The Man Mountain, by Titty Tit, Poet Laureate to His Majesty of Lilliput.
Translated into English
  
  This ‘Ode’ and the three following poems, were written by Pope after reading Gulliver’s Travels, and first published in the Miscellanies of Pope and Swift, in 1727.

  IN amaze
  Lost I gaze!
  Can our eyes
  Reach thy size!
  May my lays        5
  Swell with praise,
  Worthy thee!
  Worthy me!
  Muse, inspire
  All thy fire!        10
  Bards of old
  Of him told,
  When they said
  Atlas’ head
  Propp’d the skies:        15
See! and believe your eyes!
  See him stride
  Valleys wide,
  Over woods,
  Over floods!        20
  When he treads,
  Mountains’ heads
  Groan and shake,
  Armies quake;
  Lest his spurn        25
  Overturn
  Man and steed:
  Troops, take heed!
  Left and right,
  Speed your flight!        30
  Lest an host
Beneath his foot be lost;
  Turn’d aside
  From his hide
  Safe from wound,        35
  Darts rebound.
  From his nose
  Clouds he blows!
  When he speaks,
  Thunder breaks!        40
  When he eats,
  Famine threats!
  When he drinks,
  Neptune shrinks!
  Nigh thy ear        45
  In mid air,
  On thy hand
  Let me stand;
  So shall I,
Lofty poet! touch the sky.        50
 
 
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