1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Thomson

Henry Boyd, "The Spirit of Wallace, to the Author of the Parallel between the Araucane and the Lusiad" Edinburgh Magazine or Literary Miscellany NS 21 (January 1803) 52.



Canst thou, a Caledonian, scorn the song
That breathes the genuine flame of Liberty,
When, offering up to Heav'n his awful plea,
The son of Leocan harangues the throng?
Have themes of injur'd worth no charms for thee,
Nor tales of luckless Love, nor generous Faith?
Dost thou prefer loose scenes of revelry,
Or Mammon ranging in his watry path?
Let superstition sing the rosy god
Cotytto's masque and soul-degrading chains;
Far other lessons erst taught your sires.
Had Heaven Alonzo's noble Muse bestowed
On me, the blind Bard's inharmonious strains
Had never damp'd pure Freedom's vestal fires.

See Thomson's Odes and Sonnets, small 8vo. Edinburgh 1801, p. 116. Editor.