1796 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Charlotte Smith, "To the Shade of Burns" 1796 ca.; Laura, ed. Capel Lofft (1814) No. DCCCXVII.



Mute is thy wild Harp now, O BARD sublime!
Whom, amid Scotia's mountain Solitude,
Great Nature taught to build the lofty Rhime,
And even beneath the daily pressure rude
Of labouring Poverty thy generous Blood
Fir'd with the Love of FREEDOM. — Not subdued
Wert Thou by thy low Fortune. — But a Time
Like this we live in, when the abject Chime
Of echoing Parasite is best approv'd,
Was not for Thee! — Indignantly is fled
Thy noble Spirit; and no longer mov'd
By all the Ills o'er which thine Heart has bled
Associate, worthy of the illustrious dead,
Enjoys with them "the Liberty it lov'd."