1790 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Oliver Goldsmith

Robert Burns to Mrs. Dunlop, 10 April 1790; Works, ed. Douglas (1877-79) 5:307.



I often repeat that couplet of my favorite poet, Goldsmith—

—State of native liberty possest,
Tho' very poor, may yet be very blest.