ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "Ode to the Memory of Burns, spoken at the Commemoration of Robert Burns, on Saturday, by Mr. Conway" The Sun (27 May 1816).
1786: Henry Mackenzie
1787: J. B.
1787: Helen Maria Williams
1787: William Cowper
1787: Anna Seward
1788: Gavin Turnbull
1788: J. J-n
1788: J. R-d
1788: James Maxwell
1788: James Macaulay
1789: Rev. Thomas Blacklock
1791: William Gifford
1791 ca.: James Graham
1791: Thomas Scotus
1791: Helen Maria Williams
1792: Samuel Thomson
1793: William Yates
1794: Rev. James Grahame
1796: William Roscoe
1796 ca.: Charlotte Smith
1796: J. H.
1796: Alexander Balfour
1796: W. B.
1796: E. Hyslop
1796: A Lady
1796: An Auld Fifeshire Ploughman
1797: A. W.
1797: William Hamilton Reid
1797: Edward Rushton
1797: William Roscoe
1797: A Mourner
1797: Thomas Mounsey Cunningham
1798: John Struthers
1798: David Crawford
1800: Charles Lamb
1800: William Roscoe
1800: J. F. D.
1800: Thomas Sanderson
1802: Leigh Hunt
1802: James Pace
1803: William Wordsworth
1804: David Irving
1805: Rev. Henry Boyd
1805: A. M. A.
1805: J. G. Bagshaw
1805: Thomas Stott
1806: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1806: John Struthers
1806: Alexander Wilson
1806: H. C.
1806: Hamilton Paul
1807: William Wordsworth
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1807: Robert Tannahill
1807: A. M. P.
1808: John-Henry Kenney
1808: A Young Lady of Sixteen
1809: A Caledonian
1810: Robert Tannahill
1812: George Dyer
1812: A. Kyne
1813: Mary Russell Mitford
1813: Lord Byron
1814: Earl of Buchan
1814: W. Jos. Walter
1815: William Henry Ireland
1816: George Colman the Younger
1816: Thomas Campbell
1816: John Mayne
1816: T. W. Lake
1816: An English Lady
1817: Hugh Campbell
1818: John Keats
1818: Charles Lamb
1818: John Keats
1818: S. A. N.
1818: A Lowland Laddie
1818: Richard Hatt
1819: John Wilson
1819: James Thomson of London
1819: A Literary Gentleman
1819: John Gibson Lockhart
1820: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1820: James Montgomery
1820: Nicholas Toms Carrington
1820: James Boswell the Younger
1820: W. G.
1821: Mary Leman Rede
1821: Anne Powell
1822: Fitz-Greene Halleck
1822: James B. Sheys
1822: J. D. C.
1823: Rev. William Gillespie
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Allan Cunningham
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: James B. Sheys
1825: Allan Cunningham
1826: Herbert Barton
1826: Richard Ryan
1827: Sir Walter Scott
1828: Walter Savage Landor
1828: Thomas Carlyle
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1829: J. S.
1830 ca.: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1831: John Wilson
1832: James Hogg
1833: James Montgomery
1836: L. L.
1840: Thomas Carlyle
1842: Robert Story
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1844: John Wilson
1844: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1866: Bryan Waller Procter
1880: John Service
1882: Epes Sargent
1796: John Millar
1802: Sir James Mackintosh
1802: John Thelwall
1805: Sir Walter Scott
1807: William Gifford
1808: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1809: Sir Walter Scott
1812: Rev. James Grahame
1813: Samuel Rogers
1816: Robert Burns
1819: Rev. William Lisle Bowles
1819: Samuel Butler
1819: John Chalkhill
1819: Thomas Chatterton
1819: Dr. Nathaniel Cotton
1819: Abraham Cowley
1819: Sir John Davies
1819: Michael Drayton
1819: John Dryden
1819: Rev. Timothy Dwight
1819: Rev. Giles Fletcher
1819: John Fletcher
1819: John Gay
1819: Rev. Robert Herrick
1819: Ben Jonson
1819: Philip Massinger
1819: Sir John Mennes
1819: John Milton
1819: Rev. Thomas Parnell
1819: George Peele
1819: Alexander Pope
1819: Allan Ramsay
1819: Sir Charles Sedley
1819: Sir Philip Sidney
1819: Rev. Percival Stockdale
1819: Joshua Sylvester
1819: Rev. Isaac Watts
1820 ca.: Rev. George Crabbe
1828 ca.: Felicia Hemans
1829: Felicia Hemans
1831: John Taylor Esq.
1835: Horace Smith
1836: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1836: John Wilson
1838: John Clare
1838: John Gibson Lockhart
1842: Henry Nelson Coleridge
Soul of the Poet! whereso'er,
Reclaim'd from earth thy genius plume
Her wings of immortality;
Suspend thy harp in happier sphere,
And with thine influence illume
The gladness of our jubilee.
And fly like fiends from secret spell,
Discord and strife, at BURNS'S name,
Exorcis'd by his memory;
For he was chief of bards that swell
The heart with songs of social flame
And high delicious revelry.
And Love's own strain to him was giv'n,
To warble all its ecstasies
With Pythian words unsought, unwill'd,
Love the surviving gift of Heaven,
The choicest sweet of Paradise,
In life's bitter cup distill'd.
Who that has melted o'er his lay
To Mary's soul, in Heav'n above,
But. pictur'd, sees in fancy strong
The landscape and the livelong day
That smil'd upon their mutual love?—
Who that has felt forgets the song?
Nor skill'd one flame alone to fan—
His country's high-soul'd peasantry
What patriot-pride he taught: — how much
To weigh the inborn worth of man!
And rustic life and poverty
Grew beautiful beneath his touch.
Him in his clay-built cot the Muse
Entranc'd and shew'd him all the forms
Of fairy-light and wizard gloom
(That only gifted Poet views,)
The Genii of the floods and storms,
And martial shades from Glory's tomb.
On Bannock-field what thoughts arouse
The Swain whom BURNS'S song inspires!
Beat not his Caledonian veins,
As o'er the heroic turf he ploughs,
With all the spirit of his sires,
And all their scorn of death and chains?
And see the Scottish exile tann'd
By many a far and foreign clime,
Bend, o'er his home-born verse, and weep,
In memory of his native land,
With love that scorns the lapse of time,
And ties that stretch beyond the deep.
Encamp'd by Indian rivers wild,
The soldier, resting on his arms,
In BURNS'S carol sweet recalls
The scenes that blest him when a child,
And glows and gladdens at the charms
Of Scotia's woods and waterfalls.
Oh deem not, 'midst this worldly strife,
And idle art the Poet brings:
Let high Philosophy controul
And sages calm the stream of life,
'Tis he refines its fountain springs,
The nobler passions of the soul.
It is the Muse that consecrates
The native banner of the brave,
Unfurling at the trumpet's breath
Rose, Thistle, Harp, — 'tis she elates
To sweep the field or ride the wave,
A sunburst in the storm of death.
And thou, young Hero, when thy pall
Is cross'd with mournful sword and plume,
When public grief begins to fade
And only tears of kindred fall,
Who but the bard shall dress thy tomb,
And greet with Fame thy gallant shade?
Such was the Soldier — BURNS forgive
That sorrows of mine own intrude
In strains to thy great memory due.
In verse like thine, oh! could he live,
The friend I mourn'd — the brave, the good,
EDWARD, that died at Waterloo!
Farewell, high Chief of Scottish song,
That could'st alternately impart
Wisdom and rapture in thy page,
And brand each vice with satire strong,
Whose lines are mottoes of the heart,
Whose truths electrify the sage.
Farewell! and ne'er may Envy dare
To wring one baleful poison drop!
From the crush'd laurels of thy bust;
But, while the lark sings sweet in air,
Still may the grateful pilgrim stop,
To bless the spot that holds thy dust.