ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION
Viator, "Inscription for the enormous Statue of Hygeia, erected bon the Sea-Side at Leith, by the late Lord Gardenstone" Morning Chronicle (25 November 1811).
1745: Alexander Carlyle
1786: James Boswell
1791: H. W. Tytler
1806: William Forbes
1807: Alexander Fraser Tytler
1824 ca.: Rev. Henry Francis Cary
1851: Robert Pearse Gillies
1811: Francis Garden
1819: Rev. Joseph Spence
A finish'd beauty I from London came,
Grace and proportion had adorn'd my frame;
But rash I tasted this impoison'd well,
And straight ('tis true, though wonderful to tell)
To size gigantic all my members swell.
Whether through coal the fountain urge its course,
Or noxious metals taint its hidden source,
Or (envious neighbours) CL—A stain
The stream with liquid from a Queen-street drain:
The effect is certain, though the cause obscure,
My figure ought to frighten no allure;
And blameless through the skilful sculptor's hand,
Not as a statue, but a beacon stand.
Those whom amusement or distemper brings
To view the pillar, or to taste the springs,
Warn'd by my fate, the nauseous draught decline,
Abstain from water, and indulge in wine!