1706 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Isaac Watts, in Preface to Horae Lyricae (1706; 1854) xci-xcii.



May I here be permitted the liberty to return my thanks to that fair and ingenious hand that directed me to such entertainments in a foreign language, which I had long wished for, and sought in vain, in our own. Yet I must confess, that the Davideis, and the two Arthurs, have so far answered Boileau's objections, in English, as that the obstacles of attempting Christian poesy are broken down, and the vain pretence of its being impracticable, is experimentally confuted.