1772 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Fergusson

F. J. Guion, "The Muses Choice" Weekly Magazine or Edinburgh Amusement 18 (22 October 1772) 114.



When Allan Ramsay died! — the Muses griev'd
To be of such a valu'd friend bereav'd;
The loss was truly great!
Their inspirations wisely they restrain'd,
Until a proper person they obtain'd
To fill the chair of state.

Many appear'd — Alas, how very few
Are those who can, with EASE and TASTE, pursue
So arduous a plan!
The Muses scrutiniz'd with piercing care,
And, fully pleas'd, did thus their choice declare,
"Rob. Fergusson's the man."

Go on, Musaist of the Scotian plains,
Still charm "Auld Reikie's sons wi' canty strains;"
In troth they're sweet and pretty,
The lads and lasses all must sure agree,
And shew their solid judgment, naming thee
The LAUREAT of their CITY.
Glasgow, Oct. 17, 1772.