1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Pringle

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 407.



Pringle (1788-1834) was a native of Roxburgshire, Scotland. He was the author of Scenes of Teviotdale, Ephemerides, and other Poems, all showing fine feeling and a cultivated taste. In 1820 he emigrated to the Cape of Good Hope with his father and several brothers; but from lameness, caused by an accident when young, Thomas was ill fitted for a life of hardship. He returned to England, and got a living by his pen. He edited a literary annual, entitled Friendship's Offering, and wrote a series of African Sketches, containing an interesting personal narrative. His poem, Afar in the Desert, was much admired by Coleridge. It was repeatedly altered. Pringle's Poetical Works, with a memoir by Leitch Ritchie, appeared in 1839.