Pray tell me, sir, whose dog are you?
~~ ENGRAVED ON THE COLLAR OF A DOG WHICH I GAVE TO HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS………….BY ALEXANDER POPE ~~
Alexander Pope`s witty epigram like all the best concoctions of a sharp intellect, can have more than one meaning. He could be imagining himself as a dog talking to another dog, or he could be saying, that however independent we may think ourselves to be, we all serve a master somewhere down the line. It questions who is really free? Even the Kings of England serve Parliament by the time Pope wrote his little two liner: the restoration of the monarchy was allowed by Parliament, on it`s own terms and conditions; one of which was that the King could retain the pretense of regal power in his own person, while in effect, being utterly dependent upon the financial support of Parliament. When Charles the Second`s father argued before Oliver Cromwell that he was answerable only to God, Cromwell had a swift reply up his sleeve…….He removed the King`s head tout suite. It would be a remarkable occurrence if there was someone out there who ultimately, didn`t answer to someone, or some thing. Who knows…….Perhaps even God is someone`s dog.