1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 218.



Langhorne (1735-1779) was a native of Westmoreland, and became a preacher in London. Amiable and highly beloved in his day, he is now chiefly known as the translator of Plutarch's Lives. He seems to have anticipated Crabbe in painting the rural life of England in its true colors. He wrote Owen of Carron, a ballad, praised by Campbell; also, Country Justice, both giving evidence of a refined poetical taste.