1813 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Beattie

William Cameron, in "Poet's Manual" Poems (1813) 114.



Where Dee's hoarse torrents dash'd from mountains steep,
Wide cleave the billows of the German deep;
The blooming Minstrel waked his matin lay,
To hail the beauties of the rising day.
Enamoured of the Muse, her charms he sung,
While Grampian mountains hoar responsive rung:
But long ere Phoebus reach'd the western main,
He drops his harp, in sorrow ceas'd the strain.
What baneful star, O Goddess! ruled the hour
When thus thy favoured son renounc'd thy power;
Whose morn auspicious promis'd to restore
Thy long lost fame on Caledonia's shore,
To rear a monument on Deva's tide,
Of Graecian art, of Gothic strength and pride;
That laurell'd Thames no longer, with disdain,
Might view th' inglorious streams of Scotia's plain.