1784 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Cameron

David Robertson, in "Ode to Tenderness" Poems (1784) 72, 69n.



With Poesy, by Esca's stream,
As Thought renews my Childhood's dream,
May I the hours beguile;
Or, as in CAMERON's earliest strain,
I trace my infant joys again,
Now may I conscious sigh, and now unweeting smile,
And while such hallow'd bliss is mine,
Remote from Fame I'll ne'er repine
To pass th' inglorious day;
Yet tune again thy Favourite's string,
Anon my pensive CAMERON sing,
And future ages twine for him th' unfading bay.

It is with real pleasure that I here acknowledge my esteem for this Gentleman. Though his writings are distinguished by the delicate graces of simplicity and tenderness, yet his friendship is still dearer to me, as those writings are only the transcript of his mind.