1835 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

William Wordsworth, "Extempore Effusion upon the Death of James Hogg" 1835; Wilson, Poetry of Scotland (1876) 1:450-51.



When first descending from the moorlands,
I saw the stream of Yarrow glide
Along a bare and open valley,
The Ettrick Shepherd was my guide.

When last along its banks I wander'd,
Through groves that had begun to shed
Their golden leaves upon the pathway,
My steps the Border minstrel led.

The mighty minstrel breathes no longer
'Mid mouldering ruins low he lies,
And death upon the Braes of Yarrow
Has closed the Shepherd poet's eyes. . .

No more of old romantic sorrows,
For slaughter'd youth, or love-lorn maid,
With sharper grief is Yarrow smitten,
And Ettrick mourns with her their Shepherd dead.