January 22, 2020

December 30, 2019

October 25, 2019

August 31, 2019

July 11, 2019

Please reload

Recent Posts

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Featured Posts

TO MISS FERRIER - Enclosing the Elegy on Sir J. H. Blair.

March 21, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/to-miss-ferrier


Jane Ferrier was a well-known Edinburgh society beauty whom Robert Burns met in 1787. She asked Burns to send her one of his poems. The poet obliged with a copy of his recent ‘Elegy on the Death of Sir James Hunter Blair’. He enclosed the elegy along with the following verses addressed to the lady herself.


“Nae heathen name shall I prefix, Frae Pindus or Parnassus;

Auld Reekie dings them a' to sticks, For rhyme-inspiring lasses.


Jove's tunefu' dochters three times three Made Homer deep their debtor;

But, gien the body half an e'e, Nine Ferriers wad done better!


Last day my mind was in a bog, Down George's Street I stoited;

A creeping cauld prosaic fog My very senses doited.


Do what I dought to set her free, My saul lay in the mire;

Ye turned a neuk-I saw your e'e- She took the wing like fire!


The mournfu' sang I here enclose, In gratitude I send you,

And pray, in rhyme as weel as prose, A' gude things may attend you!”


Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload

Follow Us

I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!

Please reload

Search By Tags
Please reload

  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square
  • Google+ Basic Square

© 2014 Neil Macgillivray