1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hector Macneill

David Rivers, in Literary Memoirs of Living Authors (1798) 2:14.



This gentleman published in 1788, a sensible pamphlet, entitled Observations on the Treatment of the Negroes in Jamaica. He has, since that time, written, The Harp, a legendary tale, which gave occasion to the Scotch proverb, "I'll never burn my harp for a woman," and which, in the dress he has given it, is a beautiful piece of sentimental poetry; Scotland's Skaith, a most elegant tale in verse; and The Waes of War, a very beautiful sequel of that tale.