ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Tait

(1748-1817)


John Tait was a Writer to the Signet and afterwards judge of the Edinburgh police court (1805). As a young man he published poetry in Ruddiman's Weekly Magazine, and in the London Magazine. He is possibly the John Tait, Writer to the Signet, who entertained Robert Burns in 1787, though the Burns Encyclopedia (1970) identifies that man as John Tait of Harvieston and gives his dates as 1729-1800.



TEXT RECORDS:

1770Ode to Liberty, on the Anniversary of his Majesty's Accession to the Throne.
1770The Bards of Scotland: an Elegy.
1771Evening. An Elegy: written at St. Anthony's Chapel.
1772The Jessamine Bower.
1773Ode to Simplicity.
1773The Triumph of Genius. Inscribed to Dr. B—.
1774The Druid's Monument, a Tribute to the Memory of Dr. Oliver Goldsmith.
1775The Land of Liberty, an Allegorical Poem.
1776The Fall of Faction; a Poetical Vision.
1776Verses addressed to Mira.

PUBLICATIONS:

The cave of Morar, the man of sorrows, etc. 1774.
The druid's monument, a tribute to the memory of Oliver Goldsmith. 1774.
The land of liberty, an allegorical poem. 1775.
Poetical legends: containing The American captive, and The fatal feud. To which is added, The fall of faction. 1776.