On this day in 1818, John Keats, the famous English romantic poet, visited Robert Burns’ first home while on a walking tour in the North of Scotland, where he composed the following Sonnet (www.todayinliterature.com):
Written In The Cottage Where Burns Was Born:
This mortal body of a thousand days
Now fills, O Burns, a space in thine own room,
Where thou didst dream alone on budded bays,
Happy and thoughtless of thy day of doom!
My pulse is warm with thine old Barley-bree,