Border Lays: And Other Poems [NOOK Book]


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Border Lays: And Other Poems

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  • BN ID: 2940026469734
  • Publisher: J. &R. Parlane
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Digitized from 1891 volume
  • File size: 298 KB

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0 dinna gar me greet! I ken The warld wi' us is changed sair: 1 ken I've lost the wale o' men— Yes, there, O there's his empty chair! And there's his checkit plaidie fine, And there's his bannet, staff, and a'; O that belov'd young man o' mine That perish'd 'mang the swirling snaw ! THE EMIGRANT'S RETURN TO THE RULE. 'twas moonlight! not a leaf did stir Within the balmy wood, When on thy bridge, fair Bonchester, An aged wanderer stood. Once full of majesty and strength Had surely been his form, Though now 'twas bent, as it at length Had yielded to life's storm. His hair was snowy; you could trace Its youthful hue no more; His venerable furrow'd face With grief was shaded o'er. 'Twas shaded o'er—a spirit fraught With lasting grief it spoke ; Yet once, as he of boyhood thought, A splendour o'er it broke. Now seem'd he gazing on the Rule, His own dear native stream ; Yet, oh, he saw it not: his soul Was holden in a dream. Up, up the chequer'd flood of years, As on the wind, he flew, Till the old Time's face, in its young grace And careless mirth, he knew. Again he liv'd his boyhood o'er; Once more by bonnie Rule He joined the merry, lusty roar Of imps let loose from school. Again the glassy pool he tried What time the sun was high; Again in naked races vied Till he was warm and dry. Once more he liv'd the golden days When he, in dreams, would climb, Like pilgrim, up romantic ways To man's estate sublime. Again he ardently desir'd A stalwart man to be, For glowing tales his fancy fir'd Of lands beyond the sea. Then one in beauty's tender bloom Arose within his thought; Even she, the fair young bride, with whom He foreign lands had sought. Autumnal glory lit th...
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