1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

George Colman the Younger, in Eccentricities for Edinburgh (1816) 4.



Full many more would rend the tomb;
Weak Mallet, able Douglas home;
And Burns, with brains, sans knowledge;
Who caroll'd, (would he caroll'd now!)
Methinks, as pleasantly, at plough,
As Beattie sang, in college.