1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Fergusson

Robert Burns, "Written under the Portrait of Fergusson the Poet, in a Copy of that Author's Works presented to a young Lady, Edinburgh 19th March 1787" Scots Magazine 65 (November 1803) 798.



Curse an ungrateful man that can be pleased,
And yet can starve the author of the pleasure,
O thou my elder brother in misfortune,
By far my elder brother in the Muses,
With tears I pity thy unhappy fate!
Why is the bard unpitied for the world
Yet has so keen a relish of its pleasures?