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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
J. Logan
 
CXXVII. The Braes of Yarrow
 
THY braes were bonnie, Yarrow stream, 
When first on them I met my lover; 
Thy braes how dreary, Yarrow stream, 
When now thy waves his body cover! 
For ever now, O Yarrow stream!         5
Thou art to me a stream of sorrow; 
For never on thy banks shall I 
Behold my Love, the flower of Yarrow! 
  
He promised me a milk-white steed 
To bear me to his father's bowers;  10
He promised me a little page 
To squire me to his father's towers; 
He promised me a wedding-ring,— 
The wedding-day was fix'd to-morrow;— 
Now he is wedded to his grave,  15
Alas, his watery grave, in Yarrow! 
  
Sweet were his words when last we met; 
My passion I as freely told him; 
Clasp'd in his arms, I little thought 
That I should never more behold him!  20
Scarce was he gone, I saw his ghost; 
It vanish'd with a shriek of sorrow; 
Thrice did the water-wraith ascend, 
And gave a doleful groan thro' Yarrow. 
  
His mother from the window look'd  25
With all the longing of a mother; 
His little sister weeping walk'd 
The greenwood path to meet her brother; 
They sought him east, they sought him west, 
They sought him all the forest thorough;  30
They only saw the cloud of night, 
They only heard the roar of Yarrow. 
  
No longer from thy window look; 
Thou hast no son, thou tender mother! 
No longer walk, thou lovely maid;  35
Alas, thou hast no more a brother! 
No longer seek him east or west, 
And search no more the forest thorough; 
For, wandering in the night so dark, 
He fell a lifeless corpse in Yarrow.  40
  
The tear shall never leave my cheek, 
No other youth shall be my marrow; 
I'll seek thy body in the stream, 
And then with thee I'll sleep in Yarrow. 
—The tear did never leave her cheek,  45
No other youth became her marrow; 
She found his body in the stream, 
And now with him she sleeps in Yarrow. 
 
 
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