1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Horace Twiss

Anonymous, in "The Rejected Bards" The Satirist 11 (November 1812) 379 & 382-83n.



Rejected HORACE rhymes in vain,
He 'scapes the audience hiss;
No Kemble friends at Drury Lane
Draw out an empty TWISS.

Horace Twiss, one of our Metropolitan Minor Bards, of whom it may have been heard that he wrote the Valedictory Address spoken by Mrs. Siddons, to whom he is related. The story of Twiss, alluded to in the last line of the verse, pertains to an ancestor of this poet, and is well known in Ireland.