The eighth of eight poems by Finch which appear in the 1717 anonymous Poems on Several Occasions, or as it has come to be known since Norman Ault's 1935 reprint Pope's Own Miscellany. For full details and the list of poems by Finch see"Now blow, ye Southern winds…". See also an Annotated List matching each of Finch's fables with its sources; and an Annotated Bibliography: Primary and Secondary Sources for all Finch's translations (paraphrases), imitations and adaptations.
See Annotated Chronology No. 32. Pope has placed this poem apart from the other eight in order to place it after an ode, also political and also using classical allusion, "An Ode On Brutus." This is one of 4 poems "by the same hand" which begin with a paraphrase/translation of a poem by Malherbe. It is attributed to Anne Finch using a name which indicates it was written before 1713.
The Fall of Caesar.
By the Honourable Mrs Finch
WHEN Caesar fell, he brav'd each killing wound,
And awfull lay Dictator on the ground:
But when a Friend, or something nearer thought,
Impos'd a stab, who should relief have brought;
The dying hero hid his gen'rous face,
Where blushes rose in scorn of human race.
It an an alternative version of Cesar and Brutus, "Though Caesar falling, shew'd no sign of fear", Annotated Chronology No. 31
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