A subject was offered him, in which no other poet would have found a theme for the Muse.
The Englishman seemed to muse, for his brow lowered, and he made no answer.
He took to "vagrant courses," in which the muse forbears to follow him.
"Deil tak the hindmost" is by no means the crie de guerre of my muse.
It is only a short essay, just to try the strength of my Muse's pinion ...