The Poetical Works of the Ettrick Shepherd: Including the Queen's Wake, Pilgrims of the Sun, Mador of the Moor, Mountain Bard, Etc., Etc. With an Autobiography, and Illustrative Engravings, from Original Drawings, Volume 1

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Blackie and son, 1840 - Scottish poetry
 

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Page 113 - Bonny Kilmeny, ye're welcome here ! Women are freed of the littand scorn : O, blessed be the day Kilmeny was born ! Now shall the land of the spirits see, Now shall it ken what a woman may be...
Page 114 - A borrowed gleid frae the fountain of light ; And the moon that sleeks the sky sae dun, Like a gouden bow, or a beamless sun, , ,-, ' . Shall wear away, and be seen nae mair, And the angels shall miss them travelling the air. But lang, lang after baith night and day, When the sun and the world have elyed away ; When the sinner has gane to his waesome doom, Kilmeny shall smile in eternal bloom...
Page 113 - O, sweet to Heaven the maiden's prayer. And the sigh that heaves a bosom sae fair ! And dear to Heaven the words of truth And the praise of virtue frae beauty's mouth ! And dear to the viewless forms of air The minds that kythe as the body fair ! "5 " O bonny -Kilmeny ! free frae stain, If ever you seek the world again.
Page 120 - When a month and a day had come and gane, Kilmeny sought the greenwood wene ; There laid her down on the leaves sae green, And Kilmeny on earth was never mair seen. But O, the words that fell from her mouth, Were words of wonder, and words of truth ! But all the land were in fear and dread, For they kendna whether she was living or dead. It wasna her hame, and she couldna remain ; She left this world of sorrow and pain, And returned to the land of thought again.
Page 109 - The wood was sere, the moon i' the wane, The reek o' the cot hung over the plain, Like a little wee cloud in the...
Page 116 - One half of all the glowing world, Where oceans rolled, and rivers ran, To bound the aims of sinful man. She saw a people, fierce and fell, Burst frae their bounds like fiends of hell ; There lilies grew, and the eagle flew, And she herked on her ravening crew, Till the cities and towers were wrapt in a blaze, And the thunder it roared o'er the lands and the seas.
Page 47 - Quhill we brushit thro' the cludis of the hevin; Than sousit dounright like the stern-shot light, Fra the liftis blue casement driven. ' But our taickil stood, and our bark was good, And...
Page 92 - She told me, and turned my chilled heart to a stone, The glory and name of Macgregor were gone ; That the pine, which for ages had shed a bright halo Afar on the mountains of Highland Glen-Falo, Should wither and fall ere the turn of yon moon Smit through by the canker of hated Colquhoun : That a feast on Macgregors each day should be common, For years, to the eagles of Lennox and Lomond.
Page 92 - M'Nab, in the height of his pride, When the lions of Dochart stood firm by his side. This night the proud chief his presumption shall rue ; Rise, brother, these chinks in his heart-blood will glue ; Thy fantasies frightful shall flit on the wing, When loud with thy bugle Glen-Lyon shall ring.
Page 113 - They lifted Kilmeny, they led her away, And she walked in the light of a sunless day; The sky was a dome of crystal bright, The fountain of vision, and fountain of light; The emerald fields were of dazzling glow, And the flowers of everlasting blow. Then deep in the stream her body they laid, That her youth and beauty never might fade ; And they smiled on heaven, when they saw her lie In the stream of life that wandered by. And she heard a song, — she heard it sung, She kend not where ; but sae...

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