1716 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Jonathan Swift

Richard Blackmore, in "An Essay upon Wit" Essays upon Several Subjects (1716) 1:217.



Several, in their Books have many sarcastical and spiteful Strokes at Religion in general; while others make themselves pleasant with the Principles of the Christian. Of the last kind this Age has seen a most audacious Example in the work intituled A Tale of a Tub. Had this Writing been publish'd in a Pagan or a Popish nation, who are justly impatient of all Indignity offer'd to the establish'd Religion of their Country, no doubt the Author would have receiv'd the punishment he deserv'd. But the Fate of this impious Buffoon is very different; for in a Protestant Kingdom, zealous of their Civil and Religious Immunities, he has not only escap'd Affronts and the Effects of publick Resentment, but has been caress'd and patroniz'd by Persons of great Figure and of all Denominations.