1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

John Learmont, in "An Encomium on Allan Ramsay and Robert Fergusson" Poems (1791) 399.



Walk ye by glen or fountain fair,
Gang where ye will, it maks na where,
Auld Allan with assiduous care
Has sought the bowers,
And Nature tirl'd stark-nakit bare
O' a' her flowers.

Whan he unto the warl' was gi'en,
The Muses, with their rural queen,
Superbly clad in buskins green,
Around him flockit,
And Nature simply sweet bedeen,
His cradle rokit.

Whan he could toddling gang himsel',
She led him to her native cell,
Her mystic secrets did unveil,
That hidden be;
And bad him a' Scots swains excel
In poetrie....