Ewald, John

, a Danish poet of considerable reputation in his own country, was born at Copenhagen in 1743, and had to contend with adversity during the greater part of his life. For some years he was a common soldier in the Prussian and Austrian service, and lived in a state of comparative indigence until his death, which happened at Copenhagen March 17, 1781. He acquired his first reputatation by a work in prose, entitled “The Temple of Goodness,” and afterwards wrote some dramas, as his countrymen say, in the style of Ossian and Shakspeare. His works were printed at Copenhagen, 1781 1791, 4 vols. 8vo, with engravings by Chodowicki, but are not known in this country. 2