1818 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

James Hogg

B. Cabanel, "Lines written after reading the Poems of the Ettrick Shepherd" Gentleman's Magazine 88 (March 1818) 259.



With harp of Celt, and eye of fire,
The Swain of Ettrick strikes the lyre;
A simple Mountain Shepherd, he
Grac'd with rare powers of Minstrelsy:
Illustrating what Horace writ—
"Poeta nascitur non fit."
Rude Son of song — thy Runic rhyme
Shall brave, unhurt, the touch of Time!
Thy name, in after-ages be
The boast of Bibliography!
When Rizzio breathes the melting story
Of hapless Lorn, and fair Glen-Ora;
When Farquhar — in terrific form—
Pourtrays the spirit of the storm;
Or Ila's virgin charms allure
The royal "Mador of the Moor;"
The passions rous'd at thy command,
Confess the powerful Master-hand.
Oft, o'er thy page, with rapt regard,
Shall hang entranc'd the embryo Bard;
Pronounce thee Nature's genuine child—
The gifted "Nurseling of the Wild."—