1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Grahame

H. H., in Joseph Robertson, Lives of the Scottish Poets (1822) 2:2:180.



His thoughts, though seldom sublime, are never mean, and his language, though mostly simple and unaffected, is not always free from the charge of redundance. Grahame's great power is tenderness, and his chief failing is want of energy; yet, sometimes he hits off a warmth and compression of phrase which well deserves the name of energy the most poetic. On the whole, the author of The Sabbath may be regarded as a poet of considerable genius, whose reputation is likely to advance with the moral improvements of mankind; and who, if he does not class among the first of the great fraternity to which he belongs, stands too preeminent to be disregarded.