1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Anonymous, "Epitaph on Robert Burns the Poet" Columbian Herald or, the New Daily Advertiser [Charleston] (2 November 1796).



Read, spectator, ere you go,
O'er my life as penn'd below.
Born in Kyle, — a plowman long,—
Eminent in Scotian song,
Rhyming got me the Excise,
There in death I clos'd my eyes.

Born a Bard, the Nine obey'd me,
Unimplor'd, as humour sway'd me,
Round on Fancy's fairy wings,
Nature's pure poetic springs,
Satyr sent me all her stings.