1762 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

Robert Lloyd, in "The Poetry Professors" St. James's Magazine 1 (November 1762) 219.



Hail, SCOTLAND, hail, to thee belong
All pow'rs, but most the pow'rs of song;
Whether the rude unpolish'd Erse
Stalk in the buckram prose or Verse,
Or bonny RAMSAY please thee mo',
Who sang sae sweetly aw his woe.
If ought (and say who knows so well)
The second sighted Muse can tell,
Thy happy LAIRDS shall laugh and sing,
When ENGLAND'S GENIUS droops his wing.
So shall thy soil new wealth disclose,
So thy own THISTLE choak the ROSE.

But what comes here? Methinks I see
A walking university.
See how they press to cross the TWEED,
And strain their limbs with eager speed!
While SCOTLAND, from her fertile shore,
Cries, On my sons, return no more.