1807 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

A. M. P., "Stanzas, supposed to be written near the Grave of Burns" Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature 2 (February 1807) 91-92.



O, howl not, winds of winter, o'er this grave!
O, clouds of autumn, pour not here your show'rs!
But blow, ye spring-tide airs! ye fresh dews lave!
Ye summer suns, O ripen here your flowers!

For sweeter was his pipe who slumbers here,
Than all the music of the summer's shade;
And gentler was his heart, more on his tear,
Than spring's first dew-drop on the daisy's head.

Here let the pitying red-breast's duteous bill,
With leaves and moss, the earthy bed protect;
And, slowly rippling by, a lonely rill
The moonlight's silent lustre oft reflect:

For art no stone should raise, no leaf should strew;
O'er nature's bard, nature herself should mourn,
And ever to his hallowed memory true,
Garland with wild-flow'r wreaths his humbler urn.