1814 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Earl of Buchan, "Address to the Poet Burns, on crowning his Bust at the Feet of Wallace's Colossal Statue at Dryburgh, October 15, 1814" St. James's Chronicle (5 November 1814).



Poet of Coila, here at Wallace' feet,
Thy generous muse, thy manly soul I greet;
Thy soul, now sever'd from a servile crew,
And blest, united to the chosen few!
Too late I found thee to redeem thy days
From Bacchus' joys, and ill directed lays:
But now I come even with my setting sun,
To see to thee an ample justice done.
Upon thy bust as once on Thomson I
Impose this chaplet with a genial sigh,
And may our brave unconquer'd country's fire,
Still glow in song, and sparkle from her lyre!