1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton of Bangour

Alexander Fraser Tytler, in Memoirs of the Life of Henry Home of Kames (1807); Moulton, Library of Literary Criticism (1901-05) 3:336.



Hamilton's mind is pictured by his verses. They are the easy and careless effusions of an elegant fancy and a chastened taste; and the sentiments they convey are the genuine feelings of tender and susceptible heart, which perpetually owned the dominion of some favourite mistress, but whose passion generally evaporated in song, and made no serious or permanent impression.