ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Hamilton Paul, "Verses read at Burns's Cottage" 1806; Port Folio [Philadelphia] NS 5 (2 January 1808) 8.
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
1806: Robert Burns
The surviving friends and compatriots of the late celebrated Robert Burns, continue to commemorate his birthday, in his native Cottage, where verses in imitation of his manner are always expected from some of the company, on the occasion. On the 19th of July, 1806, when a numerous and respectable company were assembled, the following Verses were produced by the Rev. Hamilton Paul, who formerly had gratified kindred affection in the same way. Q.
The Lark up springing from the dewy lawn,
Mounts high and higher still, to meet the dawn,
And as he floats the fleecy clouds among,
Regales his partner with his matin song.
Meanwhile reclining on the bed of love,
She bids her songs regard their sire above;
And tells that they shall soon extend the wing,
Like him shall learn to soar, like him to sing.
Thus emulation animates the young,
Aids the first warblings of the tuneful tongue,
Bids fancy glow, and the warm soul inspires,
With all the Lover's, all the Poet's fires.
Thus Coila's lark near Doon's meand'ring tide,
First treads the mead, by modest daisies pied,
His new fledged pinion, next he trembling tries,
Gains, by degrees, possession of the skies.
And Heav'nward urging his unwearied flight,
Is lost to vulgar view amid the blaze of light,
Happy could I ascend on equal wing,
And soaring high, with equal vigour sing.
Then Doon should roll more rapidly his floods,
Ayr, more majestick wander through his woods,
Beloved streams; where'er my footsteps roam,
Your grateful murmurs seem to call me home.
By fancy led, I linger in your shades,
And gaze enamour'd on your lovely maids,
Revive your palaces and wizard towers,
And tread again your honey suckle bowers.
O could my tributary verse display
The varying beauties which your banks display,
Then should the Seasons in succession run,
Those to pursue, and these to meet the Sun.
Spring's greener garniture should grace the plain,
And Summer with more dazzling glory reign,
With mellower fruits the Autumn should be crown'd,
And Winter rage more awfully around.
But daring he, who hopes to wake the Lyre
With Burns's heav'n-taught strain, on Thomson's fire:
Enough for me to claim the kind regard,
Of you, the friends and patrons of the Bard.
And should my name descend in future times,
And lovesick maids with tears embalm my rhymes,
"When memory would award my feeble lays,
The votive offering of Affection's praise,"
'Twould be the highest earthly honour paid,
To sooth and gratify my hov'ring shade,
That in this mansion, by the muses lov'd,
I sang of Burns — you listen'd and approv'd.