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POPE. The chief of the catholic religion is so called. He is a temporal prince. He is elected by certain officers called cardinals, and remains in power during life. In the 9th Collation of the Authentics it is declared the bishop of Rome hath the first place of sitting in all assemblies, and the bishop of Constantinople the second. Ridley's View, part 1, chap. 3, sect. 10.
     2. The pope has no political authority in the United States.

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The chief representative of pseudo-classicism in its most particular field, that of poetry, is Dryden's successor, Alexander Pope.
Pope accepted this hint as his guiding principle and proceeded to seek correctness by giving still further polish to the pentameter couplet of Dryden.
I could not imitate Pope without imitating his methods, and his method was to the last degree intelligent.
Upon the whole I think much better of the kind than I once did, though still not so much as I should have thought if I had read the poem when the fever of my love for Pope was at the highest.
The money belonging to the Church of England belonged to God and to the people of England, and ought to be used for the good of the people, and not be sent abroad to the Pope.
But soon after this no fewer than five Bulls, or letters from the Pope, were sent against Wyclif.
Zarathustra however seized the hand of the old pope and regarded it a long while with admiration.
Thus spake Zarathustra, and penetrated with his glances the thoughts and arrear-thoughts of the old pope.
Secondly, by winning to himself all the gentlemen of Rome, so as to be able to curb the Pope with their aid, as has been observed.
If he could not have made Pope him whom he wished, at least the one whom he did not wish would not have been elected.
The pope had also need of money to bring matters to an end with Louis XII.
Such was the pope whom the fools had just chosen for themselves.