1758 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

Anonymous, "Elegy on the Death of Allan Ramsay" London Evening Post (4 February 1758).



Blow loud, ye blust'ring Winds! ye Clouds, o'ercast!
Gae, chilling Frosts, and bind the Rivers fast!
Let ARTHUR'S Seat, and ilka tow'ring Hight,
Be wrapt in Snaw, or lost in dreary Night.
Sic gloomy Scenes best suit with our Despair;
The Swain that sang sae sweet is now nae mair!

What now sae blyth shall tune the winsome Reed,
That springs on Winding Tay, or Banks of Tweed?
Wha of the Broom of Cowdenknows shall tell,
And Sing of Mary Scot, or Bessy Bell?
Or what the bonny Bush aboon Traquair?
Since RAMSAY'S dead, and Musick is nae mair?