1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Walter Harte

Joseph Warton, in Essay on the Genius and Writings of Pope (1782) 2:154.



Our author told Mr. HARTE, that, in order to disguise his being the author of the second epistle of the Essay on Man, he made, in the first edition, the following bad rhyme:

A cheat! a whore! who starts not at the NAME,
In all the Inns of court, or Drury-LANE?

And HARTE remembered to have often heard it urged, in enquiries about the author, whilst he was unknown, that it was impossible it could be POPE'S, on account of this very passage. POPE inserted many good lines in Harte's Essay on Reason.