ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Anonymous, "On a Rose blooming in October, near Kinross, the Birth-place of Michael Bruce" The Star (15 May 1826).
1794: Robert Alves
1795: Dr. Robert Anderson
1804: Dr. Nathan Drake
1805: Joseph Dennie
1807: Robert Southey
1819: William Wordsworth
1821: Robert Southey
1822: Joseph Robertson
1825: Allan Cunningham
1828: James William Miller
1828: Sumner Lincoln Fairfield
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1860: George Gilfillan
1876: James Grant Wilson
1882: Epes Sargent
Unwonted smil'd October's sun
Amid his cloudless way,
And gentler seem'd his course to run
With ev'ry shortening day.
Allur'd by days of promis'd calm,
A rose put on her flowers;
Her buds prepar'd their vernal balm
'Mid autumn's songless bowers.
Ah! see'st thou not, thou tender rose,
That wintry days are near?
While yet thine opening floweret blows,
Strange gloom shall cloud the year.
The wintry rains shall dash thy bloom—
The wintry winds shall chill;
The nightly frosts shall with'ring come,
Thine infant flowers to kill!
But I will seize thy tender bough,
Ere yet thy blossoms fade;
I'll place them o'er the grave stone low,
Where youthful Bruce was laid!
For birth like thee, its budding wreath,
His rising genius spread;
While dark and chill the clouds of death
Hung threatening o'er his head!
Ah! had that beauteous floweret blown
Beneath a kinder sky,
What blossoms rich had round been thrown,
To fill the wondering eye!