1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Walter Scott

Rosa, "Extempore Lines, written on a blank Leaf of The Lord of the Isles" The Intellectual Regale or Ladies' Tea Tray [Philadelphia] 2 (21 October 1815) 793.



Dear little book, I love thee more,
Than all I've ever own'd before,
And yet, although thy thrilling line
Might warm a colder heart than mine;
Although thy fascinating power,
Has often cheer'd the lonely hour;
Tis not for this thou'rt lov'd so well,
Though valued more than verse can tell:
I prize thee other books above,
Because thou art — the gift of love.