The MUSES CHOICE
_____cuique sua dos.
When Allan Ramsay died!- the Muses grieved
To be of such a valu'd friend bereav'd;
The loss was truly great!
Their inspirations wisely they restrain'd,
Until a proper person they obtain'd
To fill the chair of state.
Many appear'd- Alas, how very few
Are those who can, with EASE and TASTE pursue
So arduous a plan!
The Muses scrutiniz'd with piercing care,
And, fully pleas'd, did thus their choice declare
"Rob. Fergusson's the man."
Go on, Musaist of the Scotian plains,
Still charm " Auld Reekie's sons wi' canty strains;"
In troth they're sweet and pretty.
The lads and lasses all must sure agree,
And shew their solid judgment, naming thee
The LAUREAT of their CITY.
F. J. GUION Glasgow, Oct.17.1772