TEMPLE. ~ THE TEMPLE of Imposture; a Poem. By the Author of the Saints, a Satire, Perfection, &c. &c. … London, Printed for J. Bew … 1778.
4to (258 × 210 mm), pp. –35, ; engraved frontispiece (lightly offset onto title); without the half-title; disbound, remains of endpaper to final page.
Sole edition, sometimes attributed to William Combe. ‘Yet more rhyming, engraving, and raving against “Holy Impostors,” and “Priestcraft”, and “Foundery Saints”—pious cheats, and slavish politics. In this visionary poem (for it is devised like Bunyan’s Pilgrim, in the similitude of a dream) the Poet celebrates a number of well-known characters, such as he deems proper to figure in the Temple of Imposture, from Mahomet and Loyola, down to Mrs. Tofts the rabbit-breeder, Fanny the Cock-lane ghost, and our Author’s grand favourite J[oh]n W[esle]y. There is a great deal of good poetry in this wicked performance; for wicked it will be deemed by more than Tabernacle and Foundery readers; as this religious knight-errant has tilted his furious point at one or two characters which are held in veneration by Christians of other denominations’ (Monthly Review). Jackson, p. 66.