1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Charles Swain

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 585.



A native of Manchester, England, and carrying on business there as an engraver, Swain (1803-1874) wrote verses for the Literary Gazette and other journals. If his lyrical flights were not high, they were short and graceful. He published Metrical Essays (1827); The Mind, and other Poems (1831); Dramatic Chapters, Poems, and Songs (1847); English Melodies (1849); Songs and Ballads (1868).