1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

Robert Alves, in Sketches of a History of Literature (1794) 251.



William and John Langhorne, deserve, likewise, our notice here, in the list of lyric poets; the latter particularly on account of his Ode to Hope, and his description of the four Seasons, where he pays all due compliments to Thomson, and other Scotch bards, and among these Ogilvie, who was his acquaintance.

Both brothers excel in smoothness and elegance of verse, and sometimes in good description; but as they have composed but little, and that too in short pieces, they have not acquired any great reputation.