1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

David Macbeth Moir, "Sonnets on the Scenery of the Tweed: Abottsford" Blackwood's Magazine 26 (August 1829) 185.



The calm of evening o'er the dark pine wood
Lay with an aureate glow, as we explored
Thy classic precincts, hallowed Abbotsford!
We felt thou wert the work, the abode of Him
Whose fame hath shed a lustre on our age;
The mightiest of the mighty! — o'er whose page
Thousands shall hang, until Time's eye grow dim;—
And then we thought, when shall have passed away
The millions, now pursuing Life's career,
And SCOTT himself is dust — how, lingering here,
Pilgrims from all the lands of earth shall stray
Amid thy massy ruins, and survey
The scenes around, with reverential fear!