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Michael Bruce


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Michael Bruce : Lochleven

Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere Journal, Tuesday 8 December 1801: 'A dullish, rainyish morning ... I read Bruce's Lochleven and Life.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Dorothy Wordsworth      


Michael Bruce : Lochleven

Dorothy Wordsworth's Grasmere Journal, Wednesday 9 December 1801: 'Mary read Bruce.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Mary Hutchinson      Print: Book


Michael Bruce : Ode to the Cuckoo

'The authorship of these beautiful verses has been most truculently fought about; but whoever wrote them (and it seems as if this Logan had) they are lovely. What time the pea puts on the bloom Though fliest the vocal vale, An annual guest, in other lands Another spring to hail. Sweet bird! thy bower is ever green, The sky is ever clear; Thou hast no sorrow in thy song, No winter in thy year. O could I fly, I'd fly with thee! We'd make on joyful wing Our annual visit o'er the globe, Companions of the spring.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Robert Louis Stevenson      Print: Book


Michael Bruce : Elegy - Written in Spring

'Talking of Vixisse it may not be impertinent to notice that Knox, a young poet of considerable talent, died here a week or two since...His poetical talent - a very fine one - then shewd itself in a fine strain of pensive poetry calld I think the Lonely Hearth, far superior to those of Michael Bruce (Footnote: Scott probably had in his mind his 'Elegy - Written in Spring'), whose consumption by the way has been the life of his verses.'

Century: 1800-1849     Reader/Listener/Group: Walter Scott      


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