The Ballad of the Goodly Fere is a poem by Ezra Pound, first published in 1909. The narrator is Simon Zelotes, speaking after the Crucifixion about his memories of Jesus (the "goodly fere" â" Old English for "companion" â" of the title).
Pound wrote the poem as a direct response to what he considered inappropriately effeminate portrayals of Jesus, comparing Jesus â" a "man o' men" â" to "capon priest(s)"; he subsequently told T.P.'s Weekly that he had "been made very angry by a certain sort of cheap irreverence".
Charles Elkin Mathews expressed his concerns that readers would find Fere's humanization of Jesus offensive.
Edward Marsh sought permission to reprint Fere, which Pound denied because he wished to reprint it himself.
T. S. Eliot said that Fere showed Pound's "great knowledge of the ballad form".
- Text of the poem, via Google Books.