1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

T. W. Lake, "Lines supposed to be written over the public Monument of Burns" Morning Post (4 June 1816).



No smiling flowers of the Spring,
Or Summer's sweeter bloom,
But blossoms of the heart I bring,
To grace the Poet's tomb.
O thou, whose native song could melt
With more than tutor'd art,
Whose Muse inspir'd by Nature — felt,
And feeling won the heart.
To ask thy name! it liveth where
Oblivion cannot tear the page;
To seek thy praise, it speaketh here,
This tribute of a generous age!
Tho' Time shall sweep the Tomb away,
Fame trusteth not in storied urns—
With Genius shalt thy fame decay,
And but with her — Immortal BURNS.