1797 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Aikin

George Dyer, in The Poet's Fate, a Poetical Dialogue (1797) 10-11 &n.



Let Aikin sport or toil midst rural scenes,
And Gregory's preaching bring him scanty means;
With all his knowledge, this, but REVEREND still;
That but licentiate with a doctor's skill.

Dr. Aikin, an ingenious and industrious writer, has published works on topography, such as the History of Manchester, England Delineated, and the Calendar of Nature: he is likewise the author of a volume of poems, as well as editor of some of our English poets.