1848 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Grahame

Rufus Griswold, in Sacred Poets (1848; 1866) 314.



JAMES GRAHAM, author of The Sabbath, The Birds of Scotland, British Georgics, &c. was born in Glasgow, in 1765. He received a good education, and was by his friends articled to a lawyer; but his own desire was to enter the ministry. Accordingly, after a few years spent without profit in his uncongenial profession, he sought and obtained orders of the Bishop of Norwich. He did not obtain a living, but officiated as a curate, first at Shipton, in Gloucestershire; next at St. Margaret's, in Durham; and last at Sedgefield; performing all the duties of his office with Christian fidelity. He died in 1811. All the productions of Grahame display an amiability of mind rarely equalled, and never surpassed. The great charm of his poetry is manly simplicity, and unaffected piety. His touches of rural scenery and modes of life are graphic in the highest degree. His nephew, the late James Grahame, is well known as the historian of the United States.