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Alexander Pope is one of the tiny band of British writers who came into Schubert's song writing catalogue (the others are Shakespeare, Walter Scott (Volume 13), Colley Cibber (Volume 14) and Abraham Cowley (Der Weiberfreund, Volume 10). Pope's Essay on Man was to be translated into German in 1822 after which he joined the ranks of Milton, Ossian, Goldsmith, Shakespeare, Scott, Byron and Marlowe as a European classic. Herder's translation of The Dying Christian to his soul dates from as early as 1786 however, and was part of an essay entitled How the Ancients looked at Death. Pope's greatness as poet, satirist, epigrammist and polemicist needs no explication here.
from notes by Graham Johnson © 1991
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