Extract from the Records of the managers of the Kirk and Kirk Yard
funds of Canongate, relative to the erection, by
“Session House within the Kirk of Canongate, the 22nd of February, 1787.3
“Sederunt of the Managers of the Kirk and Kirk Yard Funds of Canongate.4
“Which day, the treasurer to the said funds produced a letter
“I am sorry to be told, that the remains of
“Some memorial to direct the steps of the lovers of Scottish
song, when they shed a tear over the “narrow house” of the bard who is no
more, is a tribute due to
“I petition you then, gentlemen, to permit me to lay a simple stone over his revered ashes, to remain an unalienable property to his deathless fame. I have the honor to be,
“Thereafter the said managers, in consideration of the
laudable and disinterested motion of
“Extracted forth of the records of the managers, by
|86||LIVES OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN.|
“From inattention in the mason employed to this monument,
the foundation soon gave way, act it was in danger of falling. When this was observed,
| “Lo! Genius, proudly, while to Fame she turns, |
Twines Currie's [note] laurels with the wreath of
| “To the Memory of |
who was born at Doonside
on the 25th of January, 1759;
and died at Dumfries
on the 22nd of July, 1796.
| “ O |
And art thou gone,—and gone for ever!
And hast thou cross'd that unknown river,
Life's dreary bound!
Like thee where shall we find another
The world around!
| “Go to your sculptured tombs, ye great, |
In a' the tinsel trash o' state
But by the honest turf I'll wait,
Thou man of worth!
And weep the sweetest poet's fate
E'er liv'd on earth.”
Of the affection which
“I have often witnessed the tribute of a tear when his
cause has been mentioned by those who knew him. I remember in the year 1780, six years after
his decease, Tenducci, [note] with whom I was then a pupil,
talking of poor