Who is Thomas Pringle

Thomas Pringle (5 January 1789 – 5 December 1834) was a Scottish writer, poet and abolitionist. Known as the father of South African poetry, he was the first successful English language poet and author to describe South Africa's scenery, native peoples, and living conditions.


Born at Blaiklaw (now named Blakelaw), four miles south of Kelso in Roxburghshire he attended Kelso Grammar School and went on to study at Edinburgh University, where he developed a talent for writing. Injured in an accident in infancy, he did not follow his father into farming, but after attending Kelso grammar school and later Edinburgh University worked as a clerk and continued writing, soon succeeding to editorships of journals and newspapers, including William Blackwood's Edinburgh...
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Thomas Pringle Poems

  • To Sir Walter Scott
    From deserts wild and many a pathless wood
    Of savage climes where I have wandered long,
    Whose hills and streams are yet ungraced by song,
    I bring, illustrious friend, this garland rude: ...
  • Makanna's Gathering
    Wake! Amakósa, wake!
    And arm yourselves for war.
    As coming winds the forest shake,
    I hear a sound from far: ...
  • The Bushman
    The Bushman sleeps within his black-browed den,
    In the lone wilderness. Around him lie
    His wife and little ones unfearingly --
    For they are far away from 'Christian Men.' ...
  • The Hottentot
    Mild, melancholy, and sedate, he stands,
    Tending another's flock upon the fields,
    His father's once, where now the White Man builds
    His home, and issues forth his proud commands. ...
  • The Caffer Commando
    Hark! -- heard ye the signals of triumph afar?
    'Tis our Caffer Commando returning from war:
    The voice of their laughter comes loud on the wind,
    Nor heed they the curses that follow behind. ...
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Samuel Taylor Coleridge Poem
This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison
 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

[Addressed to Charles Lamb, of the India House, London]

In the June of 1797 some long-expected friends paid a visit
to the author's cottage; and on the morning of their arrival,
he met with an accident, which disabled him from walking
during the whole time of their stay. One evening, when they
had left him for a few hours, he composed the following
lines in the garden-bower.

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