1787 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Philo-Burns, "Sonnet. Addressed to Mr. Creech of Edinburgh. On reading Burn's Poems" New London Magazine 3 (October 1787) 552.



While soon the garden's flaunting flow'rs decay,
And, scatter'd on the earth, neglected lie,
The mountain-daisy, cherish'd by the ray
A poet drew from heav'n, shall never die.
Ah! like the lonely flow'r, the poet rose!
'Mid penury's bare soil and bitter gale;
He felt each storm that on the mountain blows,
Nor ever knew the shelter of the vale.
By genius, in her native vigour, nurs'd,
On nature, with impassion'd look he gaz'd,
Then through the cloud of adverse fortune burst,
Indignant, and in light unborrow'd blaz'd.
SCOTIA, from rude affliction shield thy BARD,
His heav'n-taught NUMBERS Time himself with guard.