1822 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Grant

James Harley, in The Press, or Literary Chit-Chat. A Satire (1822) 88-89 &n.



The pibroch's spirit-stirring strain
Now sounded o'er the startled plain;
A countless band in tartan dress'd
Unto the royal presence press'd.
First came six thistle-bearers on,
Then six who heaved a granite stone
Of most prodigious size;
The next a sprig of heather bore,
Then came of pipers near a score
With each two kilted thighs;
Next Grant, the venerable dame,
And Baillie, often-lauded name,
And Hamilton and Brunton too
Appear'd to render fealty due
To mighty Gog, who courteous view'd
Their form as they around him stood—
Grant, who delights the spells t' unfold*
Which rugged Nature's children hold....

* Mrs. Grant's "Letters from the Mountains" are deserving of a less affected title. Her Essays on the superstitions of the Highlanders have doubtless been read with pleasure by many of my readers.