1825 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Drummond

Henry Mackenzie, Anecdotes and Egotisms, 1825 ca.; ed. Thompson (1927) 154-55.



There is but little tradition among the Hawthornden people or in its neighbourhood about the visit of Ben Jonson to the Scottish poet. Drummond speaks of the visit seemingly with no enjoyment of it, but rather with displeasure. I think it probable that the manners of Ben Jonson were not so agreeable as his poetry. Drummond's Compositions are certainly of uncommon beauty, and might well attract the notice of B. Jonson and induce has visit to Hawthornden. The caves or coves, as they are called, are remarkable excavations, and from their situation and extent might afford shelter to persons forced into hiding by the unruly state of the times.