1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Motherwell

John Wilson, et. al., in Blackwood's Magazine (December 1828); Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 3:192-93.



SHEPHERD. You're indebted to Mr. Peter Buchan, o' Peterhead, the ingenious collector o' the Ancient Ballads, frae which ye have chanted so speeritedly the speerited Twa Magicians. It's a capital collection — and should be added in a' libraries, to Percy, and Ritson, and Headley, and the Minstrelsy o' the Border, and John Finlay, and Robert Jamieson, and Gilchrist, and Kinloch, and the Quarto o' that clever chiel, Motherwell o' Paisley, wha's no only a gude collector and commentator o' ballads, but a gude writer o' them too — as he has proved by that real poetical address o' Northman to his Swurd in ane o' the Annals.