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. 1
Evn copious Dryden wanted, or forgot, The last and greatest art, the art to blot. Pope.To Augustus, Epistle I. Line 280. 2
Not one immoral, one corrupted thought, One line which, dying, he could wish to blot. Lyttleton.Prologue to Thomsons Coriolanus, Line 23. 3
No song Of mine, from youth to age, has left a stain I would blot out. Bowles.Barnwell Hill, Part V. Line 218. 4
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. 5 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. 6