1798 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Blacklock

Alexander Campbell, in Introduction to the History of Poetry in Scotland (1798) 227.



In recalling to my remembrance the amiable and truly respected subject of this slight notice, the appearance of the man often presents itself. In his person he exceeded not the middle size, but his erect posture gave an air of dignity, mingled with perfect simplicity, and a peculiar involuntary motion, the effect of habit, added not a little to interest the beholder, as it usually accompanied the glow of his feelings in conversation. To his accomplishments he added, that of a taste for music; and he excelled in singing the melodies of his country. I have heard him often bear a part in a chorus with much judgment and precision. His knowledge of the scientific part of music, was by no means inconsiderable.