1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Robert Anderson

H., "To Robert Anderson, M.D. returning from Dromore" Edinburgh Magazine or Literary Miscellany NS 20 (November 1802) 380.



Let Irish minstrels hail the Muses' friend,
And mitred PERCY ope his classic store,
To charm his welcome guest with ancient lore,
Whilst taste and courteous elegance attend,
And cloudless skies their cheerful influence lend;
Let Celtic harps convoy thee to the shore,
Hymning sad strains when thou art seen no more!
Yet speedily thy footsteps hither bend;
Come, where thy heart benign hath long been dear;
Come, from the mourner's eye the tears to wipe;
For now the red-breast with his wint'ry pipe
Foretells the bitter season draweth near.
Britain no longer can her friend resign,
When rich and poor shall need benevolence like thine.
Edinburgh,
October 16, 1802.