A war is undertaken for an epigram or a distich, as in Europe for a duchy.
In this distich is another line of which Pope was not the author.
He is said to have got more by this distich than Mr. Dryden did by all his works.
Well, if had any curiosity, it would be to see the poor author of the distich.
The asyndeton in this distich is odd, given the preceding series of connectives.