Excerpt from The Poets and Poetry of Scotland, Vol. 1: From the Earliest to the Present Time, Comprising Characteristic Selections From the Works of the More Noteworthy Scottish Poets, With Biographical and Critical Notices
Another purpose of this Work is to supply what has l... ong been a desideratum in Scottish. Literature - concise biographies of the poets, with notices of their works, and critical remarks upon their writings to tell, in Short, when they lived, what they wrote, and the estimation in which their writings are held by competent authorities. To quote the words of one whose poems are included in this Collection, We have undertaken to discourse here for a little on the Poets, what ideas men have formed of them, what work they did.
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