1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Gifford

Anonymous, in "The Rejected Bards" The Satirist 11 (November 1812) 379 & 382n.



And GIFFORD vainly strikes the lyre;
His loyal numbers flow,
Where none the loyal verse admire,
Or care to deck his brow.

Gifford, the able vindicator of sterling legitimate poetry; and the champion, who, by his writings, vanquished a false and vicious taste, which threatened the destruction of all that was excellent in the British School.