1721 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Matthew Prior

Francis Atterbury to Alexander Pope, 21 September 1721; in Works of Pope, ed. Warton (1797) 8:98-99.



I had not strength enough to attend Mr. Prior to his grave, else I would have done it, to have shewn his friends that I had forgot and forgiven what he wrote on me. He is buried, as he desired, at the feet of Spencer, and I will take care to make good in every respect what I said to him when living; particularly as to the Triplet he wrote for his own Epitaph; which when we were in good terms, I promised him should never appear on his tomb while I was Dean of Westminster.