James Grainger

(1723-1767 / Scotland)

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James Grainger (c.1721–1766) Scottish doctor, poet and translator, is well-known figure in 18th century English literature. Grainger graduated in medicine from the University of Edinburgh in 1753. He is best known for his poem "Sugar-Cane" (1764). He lived in St. Kitts from 1759 on.

James Grainger was born about 1721 in Berwickshire in southeast Scotland, the son of a tax ... more »

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Tibbulus: Elegy The First

The glitt'ring Ore let others vainly heap,
O'er fertile Vales extend th'inclosing Mound;
With dread of neighb'ring Foes forsake their Sleep,
And start aghast at ev'ry Trumpet's Sound.


Me humbler Scenes delight, and calmer Days;
A tranquil Life fair Poverty secure!
Then boast, my Hearth, a small but cheerful Blaze,
And Riches grasp who will, let me be poor.


Nor yet be Hope a Stranger to my Door,
But o'er my Roof, bright Goddess, still preside!
With many a bounteous Autumn heap my Floor,
And swell my Vats with Must, a purple Tide.


My ...

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