1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Ross

Alexander Campbell, in Introduction to the History of Poetry in Scotland (1798) 249, 269.



The Fortunate Shepherdess is a poem of uncommon merit. In calling the readers attention to the exquisite strokes of nature that appear every where throughout this masterly performance, I will be readily pardoned, when it is considered, how long it has been in print, and yet so much neglected....

With all its faults, it is assurdedly, by far the best poem, in point of pastoral simplicity, pathos, and appropriate phraseology, the Scotish language has to boast.