1824 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Garden

Henry Francis Cary, in Lives of English Poets (1824 ca.; 1846) 291.



[James Beattie] attracted the notice of Mr. Garden, at that time sheriff of the county, and afterwards one of the Scotch judges, with the appellation of Lord Gardenstown. In a romantic glen near his house, he chanced to find Beattie with pencil and paper in his hand; and, on questioning him, discovered that he was engaged in the composition of a poem. Mr. Garden desired to see some of his other poems; and doubting whether they were his own productions, requested him to translate the invocation to Venus at the beginning of Lucretius, which Beattie did in such a manner as to remove his incredulity.