ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
, "Elegy to the Memory of Robert Burns, the Scottish Bard" Original Poems (1800) 187-90, 236-37n.
1786: Henry Mackenzie
1787: J. B.
1787: Helen Maria Williams
1787: William Cowper
1787: Anna Seward
1788: Gavin Turnbull
1788: J. J-n
1788: J. R-d
1788: James Maxwell
1788: James Macaulay
1789: Rev. Thomas Blacklock
1791: William Gifford
1791 ca.: James Graham
1791: Thomas Scotus
1791: Helen Maria Williams
1792: Samuel Thomson
1793: William Yates
1794: Rev. James Grahame
1796: William Roscoe
1796 ca.: Charlotte Smith
1796: J. H.
1796: Alexander Balfour
1796: W. B.
1796: E. Hyslop
1796: A Lady
1796: An Auld Fifeshire Ploughman
1797: A. W.
1797: William Hamilton Reid
1797: Edward Rushton
1797: William Roscoe
1797: A Mourner
1797: Thomas Mounsey Cunningham
1798: John Struthers
1798: David Crawford
1800: Charles Lamb
1800: William Roscoe
1800: J. F. D.
1800: Thomas Sanderson
1802: Leigh Hunt
1802: James Pace
1803: William Wordsworth
1804: David Irving
1805: Rev. Henry Boyd
1805: A. M. A.
1805: J. G. Bagshaw
1805: Thomas Stott
1806: Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges
1806: John Struthers
1806: Alexander Wilson
1806: H. C.
1806: Hamilton Paul
1807: William Wordsworth
1807: Lady Anne Hamilton
1807: Robert Tannahill
1807: A. M. P.
1808: John-Henry Kenney
1808: A Young Lady of Sixteen
1809: A Caledonian
1810: Robert Tannahill
1812: George Dyer
1812: A. Kyne
1813: Mary Russell Mitford
1813: Lord Byron
1814: Earl of Buchan
1814: W. Jos. Walter
1815: William Henry Ireland
1816: George Colman the Younger
1816: Thomas Campbell
1816: John Mayne
1816: T. W. Lake
1816: An English Lady
1817: Hugh Campbell
1818: John Keats
1818: Charles Lamb
1818: John Keats
1818: S. A. N.
1818: A Lowland Laddie
1818: Richard Hatt
1819: John Wilson
1819: James Thomson of London
1819: A Literary Gentleman
1819: John Gibson Lockhart
1820: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1820: James Montgomery
1820: Nicholas Toms Carrington
1820: James Boswell the Younger
1820: W. G.
1821: Mary Leman Rede
1821: Anne Powell
1822: Fitz-Greene Halleck
1822: James B. Sheys
1822: J. D. C.
1823: Rev. William Gillespie
1824: William Hazlitt
1824: Allan Cunningham
1824: Bryan Waller Procter
1825 ca.: Henry Mackenzie
1825: James B. Sheys
1825: Allan Cunningham
1826: Herbert Barton
1826: Richard Ryan
1827: Sir Walter Scott
1828: Walter Savage Landor
1828: Thomas Carlyle
1829: Anna Brownell Jameson
1829: J. S.
1830 ca.: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1830: Rev. George Barrell Cheever
1831: John Wilson
1832: James Hogg
1833: James Montgomery
1836: L. L.
1840: Thomas Carlyle
1842: Robert Story
1842: C. H. Timperley
1843: John Holland
1844: John Wilson
1844: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1851: Dr. David Macbeth Moir
1866: Bryan Waller Procter
1880: John Service
1882: Epes Sargent
1794: Rev. John Dalton
1794: Rev. Josiah Relph
1794: Thomas Tickell
1795 ca.: Edmund Burke
1797 ca.: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1800: Robert Burns
1800: Rev. Josiah Relph
Heard you the sigh of SORROW breathe,
Where yonder ancient hawthorn grows?
Saw you the cypress's mournful wreath,
Where AYR, in bright meanders, flows?
That sigh was pour'd o'er COLIN'S grave,
Whose artless reed so sweetly play'd;
And Shepherds bade that garland wave,
Where COLIN with the Muses stray'd.
No more the voice of rural MIRTH
Is heard, at eve, in wood or dale;
No more, to cheer the Peasant's hearth,
Goes round the sprightly song or tale.
And still shall gentle COLIN'S name
In Mem'ry's fond regard, be dear?
Still shall departed Genius claim
Those sacred rites — a sigh, a tear!
To him the magic tones were known
That from the chords of MUSIC dart;
The human breast he made his own,
By pow'rs that scorn'd the aid of art.
Sweet NATURE'S child, he lov'd to taste
The simple pleasures NATURE yields;
Oft view'd the wildness of the waste,
And oft the grandeur of the fields!
Amidst the music floating round,
From vocal dell and murm'ring stream,
He oft in yonder vale was found,
Rapt in some sweet poetic dream!
Oft would he 'mid the wild wood view
Soft Ev'ning's shades steal o'er the rose;
Oft would he, while the Zephyr's blew,
Upon a bed of flow'rs repose.
HEALTH then its glowing colours spread,
And Temp'rance nerv'd his mental pow'rs;
While many a guiltless moment shed
Its sunshine o'er his silent bow'rs!
He watch'd his flocks, when morning-light
With liquid pearls, illum'd each spray;
He wander'd home, when yonder height
Was colour'd with departing day.
'Mid joys like these he lov'd to live,
Obscurely safe in humble fame;
And great! if song and virtue gave
A grandeur to a Shepherd's name!
But soon a gather'd cloud o'ercast
A scene of bliss so mildly pure;
Next him ILLUSIVE PLEASURE past,
And lur'd him from his peaceful bow'r.
Ah! then, to themes of rural praise,
No more his magic lyre was strung;
INTEMP'RANCE, o'er his sum of days,
The shade of many a mis'ry flung!
But in the grave, where rests his head,
In peace may COLIN'S frailties lie;
And may his tale, by Shepherds read,
From ev'ry bosom draw a sigh!
It is much to be regretted that the Scottish Gentlemen, who professed to be the Patrons of BURNS, had not shewn their respect to his genius in a different manner than that of introducing him to the luxuries of their tables, by which the simplicity of his manners was corrupted, and those habits of intemperance superinduced, which ultimately led to his misery and ruin.
Instead of taking him from his farm, and opening upon him views which could neither improve his mind nor his morals, they ought to have made him easy in his rural situation, by some pecuniary allowance annually paid, and in such a manner as not to have hurt his feelings; for dependance, when felt, depresses an ingenuous mind as much, if not more, that poverty.
Amidst the simple comforts of a pastoral life, with few wants, and those easily supplied, he would, in all probability, have remained innocent and happy; and, like TITYRUS under his beachen shade, have expressed his happiness and his gratitude in all the melody of verse; for "POETRY (says COWLEY) was born among the Shepherds."