1889 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Pringle

P. W. Clayden, in Rogers and his Contemporaries (1889) 2:301.



In the first volume of Praeterita, Mr. Ruskin tells of the birthday gift in 1832, his thirteenth birthday, by his father's partner, Mr. Henry Telford, of Rogers's "Italy," which he says "determined the main tenor of my life." He tells us too of his first visit to Rogers, and speaks of it "as a sacred Eleusinian initiation and Delphic pilgrimage." He was taken by Thomas Pringle, the poet, "who was on terms of polite correspondence with Wordsworth and Rogers." Mr. Ruskin says, "The old man, previously warned of my admissible claims, in Mr. Pringle's sight, to the beatitude of such introduction, was sufficiently gracious to me, though the cultivation budding genius was never held by Mr. Rogers to be an industry altogether delectable to genius in its zenith." He was unfortunate he thinks in his observations, and after they had taken leave Mr. Pringle advised him to listen more in the future.