1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

C., in "Remarks on the Queen's Wake" Port Folio [Philadelphia] S3 6 (November 1815) 505-06.



On the whole, high, and justly high, as stands the reputation of Burns, Ramsay, and a few others, we cannot hesitate to believe, that the Queen's Wake and The Pilgrims of the Sun, have given to Mr. Hogg a decided pre-eminence over all the unlettered bards of Scotland.

In justice to our author, we must not close this article without informing our readers, that he was bred a shepherd on the hills of Ettrick, where he was bound an apprentice to his humble vocation at the age of seven years, and never afterwards received an hour of school education. Hence the astonishment with which every one must view not only the able but the truly elegant and polished productions that have issued from his pen. To write sensibly and forcibly requires nothing but talents and information: but to write like a scholar, has always, we believe, till the appearance of Mr. Hogg, required somewhat of the laborious process of instruction.