1800 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

J. F. D., "Epitaph for Robert Burns" Edinburgh Magazine or Literary Miscellany NS 16 (November 1800) 395.



Beneath where yonder marble weeps
The son of wit and genius sleeps:
Tho' nature claim'd him as her child
Yet wit and genius scorn'd to yield
Their darling son — he stood confest—
Heav'n snatch'd him from their warm contest!

There incense-breathing zephyrs blow,—
There violets sweet and cowslips grow,—
There laurels green and myrtles twine,
Inviting all the tuneful Nine,
By silver moonlight, in their turns,
To strew the laureat wreath of Burns.