1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Tobias Smollett

Robert Burns to Alexander Cunningham, 8 August 1790; Works, ed. Douglas (1877-79) 5:319.



Thy spirit, Independence, let me share;
Lord of the lion-heart, and eagle-eye!
Thy steps I follow with my bosom bare,
And brave each blast that sails along the sky!

Are not these glorious verses? They are the introduction of Smollet's Ode to Independence: if you have not seen the Poem I will send it you. How wretched is the man that hangs on and by the favors of the Great!