1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Pinkerton

Robert Anderson, in Works of the British Poets (1795) 4:624.



The poetry of Drummond amply established his fame; and it is but doing justice to the ability and erudition of Mr. Pinkerton, to acknowledge, that his endeavours to extend the fame and honour of Drummond's poetry, which is so closely allied to the fame and honour of the nation, merit the gratitude of his countrymen; and of none more than the compiler of this collection, who recognizes, in the learned editor of the Ancient Scottish Poems, and the Historian of Scotland, the companion of his youthful and classical studies, and a pupil of the Lanark school, that rivals the genius and literature of Graeme, the pride of that once flourishing seminary, the boast of its late respectable master, and "The lost companion of his youth's gay prime!"