Verse translation of Book III, metre 9 of Boethius's De consolatione philosophiae, by Alexander Pope

Scope and Content

Verse prayer to God as creator and source of reason, for inspiration, strength and comfort, translated from Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy, III.9, by Alexander Pope; together with bifolium letter from Charles Bertie to Sir William Trumbull, 19 February 1703, on the inner pages of which are Trumbull's own verse translation of the same passage from Boethius, and an adaptation by him of lines 990-99, 1009-11 of Dryden's translation of Virgil, Aeneid, VI, asking for God's help in overcoming the corruption and baseness of human life

Administrative / Biographical History

A general outline of the life and works of the poet Alexander Pope, 1688-1744, can be found in the Dictionary of National Biography, but there are numerous biographical and critical evaluations if more detailed information is required

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Acquisition Information

Purchased from Sotheby, 30 July 1963, Lot 577, through Bernard Quaritch Ltd


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The verses by Pope and Trumbull are in their autograph