1774 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Fergusson

William Woods, "Epitaph intended for Mr. Robert Fergusson" Weekly Magazine or Edinburgh Amusement 27 (30 December 1774) 16.



Mild NATURE smil'd upon her sportive Bard;
But FORTUNE from his sight her blessings hurl'd—
His spirit "madden'd" at the lean reward,
Burst from its bounds, and left th' ungrateful world!