1780 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

Alexander Fraser Tytler, Inscription at Woodhouslee, 1780 ca.; George Chalmers, Life of Ramsay, Poems (1800; 1877) 1:xxxvii n.



ALLANO RAMSAY ET GENIO LOCI.
Here midst those streams that taught thy Doric Muse
Her sweetest song, — the hills, the woods, and stream,
Where beauteous Peggy strayed, list'ning the while
Her Gentle Shepherd's tender tale of love,
Scenes which thy pencil, true to Nature, gave
To live for ever. Sacred be this shrine;
And unprofan'd, by ruder hands, the stone
That owes its honours to thy deathless name.