1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Teutha, "Impromptu on the Person who was accused of an Attempt to purloin Burns's Poems from Mr. Sotheby's Auction Room" The Sun (19 December 1816).



To stealing Bards from stealing rhyme
Most natural the gust is;
So Plagiarists beware in time,
For thievery no trust is;
And here you see crime leads to crime,—
Burns' Poems to Burns' Justice!