Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ERRING IN COMPANY, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS

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ERRING IN COMPANY, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If e'er my rhyming be at fault
Last Line: In most illustrious company.
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Rhyme

IF e'er my rhyming be at fault,
If e'er I chance to scribble dope,
If that my metre ever halt,
I err in company with Pope.

An that my grammar go awry,
An that my English be askew,
Sooth, I can prove an alibi --
The Bard of Avon did it too.

If often toward the bottled grape
My errant fancy fondly turns,
Remember, leering jackanape,
I err in company with Burns.

If now and then I sigh "Mine own!"
Unto another's wedded wife,
Remember, I am not alone --
Hast ever read Lord Byron's Life?

If frequently I fret and fume,
And absolutely will not smile,
I err in company with Hume,
Old Socrates and T. Carlyle.

If e'er I fail in etiquette,
And foozle on The Proper Stuff
Regarding manners, don't forget
A. Tennyson's were pretty tough.

Eke if I err upon the side
Of talking overmuch of Me,
I err, it cannot be denied,
In most illustrious company.

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