1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Lady Anne Hamilton, in Epics of the Ton (1807) 277-78 & n.



How, from such aid, my soul indignant turns,
And proudly seeks obscurity and Burns;
The boast of Scotland, left by patron peer
To earn his scanty bread by gauging beer!

An Englishman is tempted to say, "Had Burns lived in England, he would have experienced a different fate." The patronage which Bloomfield has received would seem to justify this sentiment: but I must repress my proud patriotic feelings, when I recollect the fate of Otway and Chatterton.