1828 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Thomas Pringle, "To Sir Walter Scott, Bart." in Pringle, Ephemerides (1828); The Kaleidoscope [Liverpool] NS 8 (6 May 1828) 369.



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 bard, this garland rude.
The offering, though uncouth, in kindly mood
Thou wilt regard, if haply there should be,
'Mong meaner things the flower simplicity,
Fresh from young nature's virgin solitude,
Accept this frail memorial, honour'd Scott,
Of favour'd intercourse in former day—
Of words of kindness I have ne'er forgot—
Of acts of friendship I can ne'er repay;
For I have found (and wherefore say it not?)
The minstrel's heart as noble as his lay.