1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Anonymous, "Epitaph on Burns the Poet" Morning Post and Fashionable World (9 August 1796).



R ead, spectator, ere you go,
O 'er my life, as penn'd below.
B orn in Kyle, — a plowman long,—
E minent in Scotian song,
R hyming got me the Excise,
T here in death I clos'd my eyes.

B orn a Bard, the NINE obey'd me,
U nimplor'd, as humour sway'd me,
R ound on Fancy's fairy wings,
N ature's pure poetic Springs,
S atyr sent me all her Stings.