Though he spent only six years in South Africa, Pringle has been called the "Father of South African Poetry in English." He was born in Scotland and met Sir Walter Scott at the University of Edinburgh. In 1820 he arrived in Cape Town, where he published a newspaper and a magazine, which were suppressed because of his reform views. He returned to London in 1826 and spent the rest of his life in the antislavery movement, serving as secretary to the Society for the Abolition of Slavery. (Read more at Britannica.com).
The second sonnet entitled "The Hottentot" is not contained in Crouch's Sonnets of South Africa but is included elsewhere (see Chalk Talk).