ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Ninfeild, "Elegy on the Death of R. Burns, the Ayrshire Plowman" Gentleman's Magazine 66 (August 1796) 684.
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: Robert Burns
How oft shall Genius, mid the chilling cloud
Of frozen Penury, unheard complain;
Still unregarded speak its ills aloud,
And urge its modest merits, but in vain?
Still must the Bard, whose emulative lays
Shew ripen'd genius join'd to judgement chaste,
Pass in the turf-built roofless cot his days,
And pine unfed amid the dreary waste!
Such was lamented virtuous Burns' hard case,
Whom pining Want, with Misery combin'd,
Press'd, sadly press'd, along life's arduous race,
And damp'd the glowing ardour of his mind.
Oft when gay Fancy, in her painted vest,
To beauteous imag'ry his soul would form,
Or flights sublime, pale Hunger thought repress'd,
And chas'd th' idea, with native genius warm.
What though he 'scap'd Obscurity's drear doom,
And gave his merits to the blaze of day;
Yet Poverty diffus'd its sadd'ning gloom,
And Patronage deny'd its friendly ray.
Oft would his susceptible bosom heave,
To think of Fate's inexorable lot;
Oft would the sad, the just reflexion grieve,
"The world applauded — but the world forgot."
Had the warm sunshine of protecting gold
Beam'd its kind lustre on her hapless son,
Then to the world the sad tale were not told,
That Scotia pities only Burns undone.
No gen'rous hand, with kind indulgent care,
Reach'd its benignant influence to the Bard;
Bade him, while yet alive, life's blessing share,
Or gave to Merit its deserv'd reward.
Ill could his soul, inform'd with genial fire,
And kindled at the Muses' sacred shrine,
Submit to want what Nature must require,
Nor at the melancholy lot repine.
Alas! the conflict prey'd upon his heart,
And dry'd the source of happiness below,
Till Death, with piercing but with friendly dart,
Added a martyr to the lists of woe.
Over his urn let weeping Genius stand,
And mourn his fav'rite's sad untimely grave,
Point to th' instructive tale, with trembling hand,
Which tells a pitiless world refus'd to save—
Refus'd to save whom Poesy had taught
To pour th' inimitable artless line;
Whose breast, with Nature's richest treasures fraught,
Bade sober judgement fiction's rage confine.
Who, like his brother Bards, with native fire
Pour'd the melodious energy of song;
Doom'd too, like them, unpity'd to expire,
Or drag a weary load of life along.
Yet long, O Scotia, shall revolving years
In slow array their circling orbit run,
Ere Genius or Compassion chase their tears
For this thy hapless, thy neglected son.
Oft shall the pensive foot of Genius rest
Near the sad marble which his corpse inurns,
Oft shall Compassion heave her beating breast,
And sigh with pity at the name of Burns!