1778 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

J. H., "Verses written in a blank Leaf of Allan Ramsay's Poems" St. James's Chronicle (19 November 1778).



Hail, happy Allan, bless'd thy Lot,
Who sing'st the best of any Scot,
That ever Caledon could shaw,
Thou sing'st the blythest of 'em aw;
Thy Numbers flow with so much ease,
They all the Lads and Lasses please;
Thy Similies so just and witty,
They please both Country, Town, and City.
Oh! would the Muses bid me hope
To sing like Addison or Pope;
Or crown me with the Laurel Bays,
To sing thy Genius, Worth, and Praise:
Then would I spread, far as Tantallan,
The matchless Genius of fam'd Allan:
But Verse, alas! is not my Talent;
My Stars at this Time shine malevolent;
Your Praise and Worth I cannot reach,
So must excuse your Friend
J. H.