To Miss Graham of Fintry
written in 1794
Here, where the Scotish Muse immortal lives, In sacred strains and tuneful numbers join'd, Accept the gift; though humble he who gives, Rich is the tribute of the grateful mind . So may no ruffian feeling in thy breast Discordant jar thy bosom-chords among; But Peace attune thy gentle soul to rest, Or Love ecstatic wake his seraph song. Or Pity's notes, in luxury of tears, As modest want the tale of woe reveals; While conscious Virtue all the strain endears, And heaven-born Piety her sanction seals.