1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

James Thomson, "Requiem to the Memory of Burns" European Magazine 75 (June 1819) 545.



The Sun is set, the stars are fled
Down Evening's gloomy sky;
And Cypress twines the narrow bed,
Where BURNS'S reliques lie.
And Minstrel pomp, and garlands sweet,
That gladden'd every e'e,
Are changed for pall and winding sheet,
To grace his memory!

The Dirge that wails our Poet's doom,
Like him shall pass away;
The spring-flow'r wreaths that bind his tomb,
In Winter's storms decay;
Yet thou, lov'd Spirit! still shalt view
The hearts that mourn for Thee;
And Scotia's tears will still bedew
Her BURNS'S memory!