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Address To The Shade Of Thomson
On crowning his bust with a wreath of Bays, at Ednam, Roxburhgshire.

 

Burns Original

Standard English Translation

1.
While virgin Spring by Eden's flood
Unfolds her tender mantle green,
Or pranks the sod in frolic mood,
Or tunes Eolian strains between:
2.
While Summer, with a matron grace,
Retreats to Dryburgh's cooling shade,
Yet oft, delighted, stops to trace
The progress of the spikey blade:
3.
While Autumn, benefactor kind,
By Tweed erects his aged head,
And sees, with self-approving mind,
Each creature on his bounty fed:
4.
While maniac Winter rages o'er
The hills whence classic Yarrow flows,
Rousing the turbid torrent's roar,
Or sweeping, wild, a waste of snows:
5.
So long, sweet Poet of the year!
Shall bloom that wreath thou well has won;
While Scotia, with exulting tear,
Proclaims that Thomson was her son.


While virgin Spring by Eden's flood
Unfolds her tender mantle green,
Or dresses the sod in frolic mood,
Or tunes Eolian strains between:

While Summer, with a matron grace,
Retreats to Dryburgh's cooling shade,
Yet often, delighted, stops to trace
The progress of the spikey blade:

While Autumn, benefactor kind,
By (river) Tweed erects his aged head,
And sees, with self-approving mind,
Each creature on his bounty fed:

While maniac Winter rages over
The hills whence classic (river) Yarrow flows,
Rousing the turbid torrent's roar,
Or sweeping, wild, a waste of snows:

So long, sweet Poet of the year!
Shall bloom that wreath you well has won;
While Scotia, with exulting tear,
Proclaims that Thomson was her son.

 

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