Sonnet on the Death of Robert Riddel, Esq. (Poem by Robert Burns)

Old Poem

On the death of Robert Riddel, Esq.,
Of Glenriddel,
April, 1794
By Robert Burns

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 flow’rs, 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, who 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.
April, 1794

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