1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Richard Blackmore

Joseph Warton, in Works of Alexander Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 7:372n.



It appears from the above [letter of Pope to John Hughes, 19 April 1714], that Mr. Pope and this poetical Knight were then upon terms of friendship, which were first broken by Sir Richard's accusing Mr. Pope of profaneness and immorality, (see his Essays, vol. ii. p. 27.) on a report from Curl that he was author of a Travestie on the first Psalm. Had it not been for this, all the Knight's bad poetry would scarcely have procured him a place in the Dunciad, as in that poem the author "professed to attack no man living who had not before printed or published against him;" and, on this principle, having ridiculed Dr. Watt's Psalms, in the first edition of that satire, those lines were, at the instance of Mr. Richardson, the painter, a friend to both, in all the subsequent editions, omitted.