1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. James Grahame

Margaret Oliphant, in The Literary History of England (1882) 2:202.



He was one of the unemployed young advocates who trod the pavement in the Parliament House along with Jeffrey and Horner, but tiring of that exercise, and possessing little power to struggle with the world, he retired into the congenial quiet of a clergyman's life, taking orders in the Church of England. His poems are full of the atmosphere of a pure and retired existence, with something, however, that reminds the reader more of a Scotch manse than an English parsonage; and he was always intensely national.