30 June 1716
Sir Richard Blackmore, extract from Essays upon Several Subjects, ii (1717), 270. Blackmore's book was published on 26 March 1717.
Blackmore (d. 1729) was a physician, moralizer, and an inveterate composer of epics. He became a central butt in the Bathos. In this passage Blackmore turns from an attack on immoral writers for a concluding blast at Pope.
I cannot but here take notice, that one of these Champions of Vice is the reputed Author of a detestable Paper, that has lately been handed about in Manuscript, and now appears in Print, in which the godless Author has burlesqu'd the First Psalm of David in so obscene and profane a manner, that perhaps no Age ever saw such an insolent Affront offer'd to the established Religion of their Country, and this, good Heaven! with Impunity. A sad Demonstration this, of the low Ebb to which the British Vertue is reduc'd in these degenerate Times.