1830 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. David Macbeth Moir

James Hogg, "To Delta, on his Birthday. January 5" 1830 ca.; Poetical Works of D. M. Moir, ed. Thomas Aird (1852; 1860) 1:34-35.



The infant year with clouds was crowned,
And storms defaced the early morn,
While hoarse the tempest growled around,
As thou, the child of song, wert born.

The blood-red sun, with brazen rim,
Scowled angry o'er the eastern main;
The wild blast sting thy cradle hymn,
As it swept along the wintry plain.

What thoughts were thine, when first thy ear
Did list this music of the sky?
Did thy young bosom shrink with fear,
And tremble as the storm went by?

'Tis said — and gossips hold the tale,
Which to deny were mortal wrong—
Upon the world thy infant wail
Came piping in a note of song.