1794 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Drummond

Robert Alves, in Sketches of a History of Literature (1794) 135-36.



William Drummond of Hawthornden, historiographer to James V; a good historian and poet. He writes the history of the five Jameses, in so interesting a manner, and with such judgment and propriety, that he has been compared with Livy. His poems consist of love-sonnets, epigrams, and epitaphs: many of which are spirited and pathetic, and breath a strain of genuine poetry. — His Cypress-grove is an elegant and philosophic piece. Ben Jonson, of whom he mentions some curious particulars, paid him a visit at Hawthornden, where Ben says he spent several months the happiest of his life: — it is one of the most sweetly romantic spots in Scotland.