1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Aaron Hill

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 425.



AARON HILL was born in 1685, and died in the very minute of the earthquake of 1750, of the shock of which, though speechless, he appeared to be sensible. His life was active, benevolent, and useful: he was the general friend of unfortunate genius, and his schemes for public utility were frustrated only by the narrowness of his circumstances. Though his manners were unassuming, his personal dignity was such, that he made Pope fairly ashamed of the attempt to insult him, and obliged the satirist to apologize to him with a mean equivocation.