1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

L-D-N-N-S, "Agreeable Interruption" Alexandria Daily Advertiser [Virginia] (6 February 1807).



Unconscious of an Angel near,
I gazed on Burns's page,
O'er his misfortunes drop't a tear,
And thought of maxims sage.

Maxims which had they been his guide,
Throughout life's devious ways,
The first of poets, Scotia's pride,
In peace had clos'd his days.

As thus I read and moralize,
My much-lov'd Fair draws nigh,
Her graceful form, her heav'nly face,
Now strikes my raptur'd eye.

Quick I forget the poet's grief,
Who from Eliza torn,
Sung, while of death he sought relief,
That Mman was made to mourn."

I gaze upon her lovely form,
Where all the graces shine,
I feel within me love's alarm,
And swear the nymph's divine.

Who could encounter charms like these,
And call his heart his own?
Or who preserve his mind at ease,
Should such an Angel frown?