1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Walsh

Bryan Waller Procter, in Effigies Poeticae, or, the Portraits of the British Poets (1824) 65-66.



From an original picture, in the Collection of Colonel Henry Bromley.

We must leave Mr. WILLIAM WALSH to ingratiate himself with the reader, in the best manner he can. We have really nothing to say for him — or against him. We are in the predicament of a friend of ours who once cut an indifferent joke for the first time in his life; whereupon a notorious wag who was present, observed in an encouraging tone, "Ah, indeed, very well, very well: Ben Jonson has said worse things, — and better." What a desperate postscript is this to a letter of compliment!