1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Michael Bruce

Joseph Dennie, "Headnote to Life of Michael Bruce" Port Folio [Philadelphia] 5 (7 December 1805) 381.



The life of this melancholy and unfortunate Poet will be read with emotion by those "who have a tear for pity," and can feel for the sorrows of forlorn youth, depressed by ill health and adversity. When we reflect upon the penury of his circumstances, the wasting of his body, the despondency of his mind, and the brevity of his life, we must be astonished that he could write so much and so well. The closing scene of his pure and innocent life deserves the deep regard of those, who admire the virtues of patience and magnanimity. Many of the ancients have been renowned for their fortitude at the fatal hour; but a similar firmness has been displayed by a Scottish stripling, without spectators, and without a flatterer—