1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Helen, "Verses, suggested by the Subscription for the Mausoleum of Burns" The Star (5 September 1815).



Light sorrows speak, great grief suspends the tongue,
Else here had Scotia's Bards a tribute hung:
Mute Eloquence thus long survey'd the ground,
And Sadness yet no classic numbers found.
Shall then, O BURNS! a Sister humbly dare
Approach the hallow'd spot, and triumph there?
Shall the pure incense of your favour'd Fair
Attend this instance of thy Country's care,
That bids, at length, a sad Mausoleum rise,
In proud magnificence, where Genius lies?
Dumfries.