Sonnet, on the death of Robert Riddel
No more, ye warblers of the wood, no more, Nor pour your descant grating on my soul: Thou young-eyed Spring, gay in thy verdant stole, More welcome were to me grim winter's wildest roar. How can ye charm, ye flowers, with all your dyes? Ye blow upon the sod that wraps my friend: How can I to the tuneful strain attend? That strain flows round th' untimely tomb where Riddel lies. Yes, pour, ye warblers, pour the notes of woe, And soothe the Virtues weeping on this bier: The Man of Worth, and has not left his peer, Is in his 'narrow house' for ever darkly low. Thee, Spring, again with joy shall others greet, Me, mem'ry of my loss will only meet.