1791 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Burns

Helen Maria Williams, "Sonnet, on reading the Poem upon the Mountain-Daisy, by Mr. Burns" Poems (1791) 1:56-57.



While soon the "Garden's flaunting flowers" 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 that lonely flower 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 vigor nurst,
On Nature with impassion'd look he gaz'd,
Then thro' 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 Fame herself will guard.