|Grocott & Ward, comps. Grocotts Familiar Quotations, 6th ed. 189-?.|
|Poets lose half the praise they should have got,|
Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
Waller.On Roscommons Translation, De Arte Poetica.
|Evn copious Dryden wanted, or forgot,|
The last and greatest art, the art to blot.
Pope.To Augustus, Epistle I. Line 280.
|Not one immoral, one corrupted thought,|
One line which, dying, he could wish to blot.
Lyttleton.Prologue to Thomsons Coriolanus, Line 23.
| No song|
Of mine, from youth to age, has left a stain
I would blot out.
Bowles.Barnwell Hill, Part V. Line 218.
|It is a consolation that from youth to age, I have found no line I wished to blot, or departed a moment from the severer taste which I imbibed from the simplest and purest models of classical composition.|
Bowles.Advertisement to St. John in Patmos.
|I will excuse your blots upon paper, because they are the only blots that you ever did or ever will make.|
Swift.To Queensbury, 20th March, 1733.