1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. John Armstrong

David Irving, in Lives of the Scottish Poets (1804) 1:162-63.



Armstrong, by the composition of his Art of Preserving Health, has acquired a solid and extensive reputation; but the rest of his compositions may, without much detriment to his character, be permitted to sink into speedy oblivion. The fastidiousness of his Sketches, the indecency of one of his juvenile poems, and the general inelegance of his rhyming couplets, can only be recollected with painful emotions.