1805 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Henry Boyd, in The Woodman's Tale (1805) 110.



O pride of Caledon! Milesian youth [Dermody]!
I see your sentence with prophetic eye;
Tho' well ye knew the gen'ral breast to soothe,
Or fire by turns with noblest minstrelsy.
I see you round the ample circus fly,
Each by a seeming Muse of fire pursu'd,
And now ye rest, and now again ye try
A sportive strain, or chant in mournful mood,
Then sink in fitful pangs, by Circe's charms subdu'd.