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153. Inscription for the Headstone of Fergusson the Poet

153. Inscription for the Headstone of Fergusson the Poet

NO 1 sculptured marble here, nor pompous lay,
“No storied urn nor animated bust;”
This simple stone directs pale Scotia’s way,
To pour her sorrows o’er the Poet’s dust.

ADDITIONAL STANZASShe mourns, sweet tuneful youth, thy hapless fate;
Tho’ all the powers of song thy fancy fired,
Yet Luxury and Wealth lay by in state,
And, thankless, starv’d what they so much admired.

This tribute, with a tear, now gives
A brother Bard-he can no more bestow:
But dear to fame thy Song immortal lives,
A nobler monument than Art can shew.

Note 1. The stone was erected at Burns’ expenses in February-March, 1789. [back]



Poem 153. Inscription for the Headstone of Fergusson the Poet - Robert Burns