1811 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

M. J., "Sonnet to Walter Scott, Esq." European Magazine 60 (July 1811) 45.



Though much in haunts the Muses love to stray
Where each gay floweret sheds its rich perfume,
And little songsters, perch'd on every spray,
With notes melodious hail the cheerful bloom;
Yet oft 'midst Scotia's rocks, and prospects wild,
Their heavenly presence charms the Poet's view,
Awak'd the lyre of Burns — their favour'd child—
And, Scott, a mightier power bestows on you!
Whether thou sing'st the gentle power of love,—
Or pour'st the tide of war with force along—
Paint'st Ellen's charms — or her's in Branksome grove,
Our feelings vary with the varying song:
Thy "Gothic Harp" still charms the ear of taste—
Nor shall the hand of time thine honours waste.
Alnwick, June 14, 1811.