To Sir Walter Scott

Original Text: 
Thomas Pringle, African Sketches (London: Edward Moxon, 1834): [ii]. 010097.e.63 British Library
2Of savage climes where I have wandered long,
3Whose hills and streams are yet ungraced by song,
4I bring, illustrious friend, this garland rude:
5The offering, though uncouth, in kindly mood
6Thou wilt regard, if haply there should be,
7'Mong meaner things, the flower simplicity,
8Fresh from coy Nature's virgin solitude.
9Accept this frail memorial, honoured Scott,
10Of favoured intercourse in former day --
11Of words of kindness I have ne'er forgot --
12Of acts of friendship I can ne'er repay:
13For I have found (and wherefore say it not?)
14The Minstrel's heart as noble as his lay.


1] Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), British poet and novelist. Back to Line
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Publication Notes: 
Thomas Pringle, Ephemerides, or, Occasional poems, written in Scotland and South Africa (London: Smith, Elder, 1828). Victoria University Rare Books no. 105
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000.