1796 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Crito, "Epitaph on Robert Burns" Walker's Hibernian Magazine (November 1796) 570.



While with unmelting bosom, flatt'ry pays
At grandeur's gilded urn a venal praise,
With warm affection's feelings, genius turns
To keep his vigils at the tomb of Burns.

Sweet bard farewel! whose attic wit had pow'r
To raise to rapture's heights the social hour;
When, on the breast of Friendship sweetly stole
The soft'ning magic of thy op'ning soul.

Sweet bard, farewel! who true to nature, brought
Each rural grace to an immortal draught,
In which the hamlet's artless manners live
Amidst the laurels which the muses give!