1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

E. Hyslop, "To the Memory of Robert Burns" The Star, Daily Evening Advertiser (25 August 1796).



Genius of Scotia mourn!
Cypress bestrew the urn
Where BURNS lies dead:
No — here the laurel gives
Her never-failing leaves
To crown his head.
Scotia! though cold thy clime, though hard thy soil,
Where Nature fosters life by brawny toil—
Yet Genius lives: thy hills and rocks inspire
The Muses' love, and force poetic fire.
Weak grows that fire — the Muses droop—
Genius, unprop'd, begins to stoop—
Her Bard is gone.
In his plain breast that radiant light,
Deriv'd from Heav'n, with ardour bright,
Refulgent shone.
Sweet Bard, adieu! Whilst Scotia bears a name,
Whilst Merit claims the laurel, Genius fame,
Thy name shall live: and though the world decays,
More vigorous still shall grow thy matchless praise.
Dumfries.