1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

John Mayne, "Lines in Commemoration of Robert Burns" The Star (10 June 1816).



Of all her Bards who shone by turns,
Scotland is proudest far of BURNS:
Ordain'd a Poet from his birth,
But, too resplendent for this earth,
He met, alas! an early doom,
And slumbers in the silent tomb!

Yet, though th' ALMIGHTY, good and wise,
Hath call'd his spirit to the skies,
His works, sweet Bard! till ending time,
Shall live in ev'ry age and clime,
Unfading, beautiful, sublime!