1804 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Lauder

David Irving, in Lives of the Scottish Poets (1804) 1:172.



Lauder's Essay on Milton's Imitation of the Moderns appeared in 1750. This notable impostor was not deficient in acuteness or literature: his talents, under more virtuous regulation, might have reflected some credit on his native country. Scotland, which had produced so dishonourable an enemy to the fame of Milton, could fortunately boast, in the person of Dr Douglas, of another scholar competent and willing to vindicate that illustrious poet.