James Beattie Poems
- Elegy (Tir'D With The Busy Cro... Tir'd with the busy ...
- Hope Beyond The Grave 'Tis night, and the landscape is lovely...
- The Hermit At the close of day, when the hamlet is ...
- Song, In Imitation Of Shakspea... 1 Blow, blow, thou ...
- The Hares, A Fable. Yes, yes, I grant the sons of earth Are ...
- Epitaph: Being Part Of An Insc...
- Life And Immortality 'O ye wild groves, oh, where is now your...
Professor James Beattie FRSE was a Scottish poet, moralist and philosopher.
He was born the son of a shopkeeper and small farmer at Laurencekirk in the Mearns, and educated at Aberdeen University. In 1760, he was appointed Professor of moral philosophy there as a result of the interest of his intimate friend, Robert Arbuthnot of Haddo. In the following year he published a volume of poems, The Judgment of Paris (1765), which attracted attention. The two works, however, which brought him most fame were:
His Essay on the Nature and Immutability of Truth (1770), intended as an answer to David Hume, which had great immediate success, and led to an introduction to the King, a... more »
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Elegy (Tir'D With The Busy Crouds)
Tir'd with the busy crouds, that all the day
Impatient throng where Folly's altars flame,
My languid powers dissolve with quick decay,
Till genial Sleep repair the sinking frame.
Hail kind Reviver! that canst lull the cares,
And every weary sense compose to rest,
Lighten th' oppressive load which Anguish bears,
And warm with hope the cold desponding breast.
Touch'd by thy rod, from Power's majestic brow
Drops the gay plume; he pines a lowly clown;
And on the cold earth stretch'd the son of Woe
Quaffs Pleasure's draught, and wears a fancy'd ...