1826 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Jerdan

Y. Z., "Will's 'Proper Word.' To the Editor of the Examiner" The Examiner (17 December 1826) 812.



MR. EDITOR, — Yesterday, reading all through
Your excellent Journal, as weekly I do,
I saw your remarks on poor JERDAN'S display,
And threw on his rhymes a few seconds away;
I read them — and "Oh, ye great Gods!" I exclaim'd,
"Are authors by such a man pompously blamed?
Are people by puffs made so perfectly blind
As to need such a Guide in the march of the mind?"
We will hope they are not — but Will's "Proper Word"—
(Which he owns, honest soul! is truly absurd)—
Is found in the Off'ring of Friendship, which proves
How sadly he treats even those whom he loves:
Now, if he to friends offer verses like those,
What a deuce of a strain would he offer his foes!
Monday, Dec. 11, 1826.