1824 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

James Telfer, "To Mr. James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd" Telfer, Border Ballads (1824) iii.



O Cheviot's fell is rudely wild and blue,
No warbling chorister, nor blooming spray;
The sun in silence drinks the purple dew,
Without a strain to hail him on his way!—
O favourite Bard, accept my wilding lay,
The first rude efforts of my minstrelsy;
And, if my simple toil thou wilt repay
With kind perusal, it is all to me
The only boon I ask, O tuneful swain, of thee.
1st March, 1824.