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YARROW REVISITED, AND OTHER POEMS

COMPOSED (TWO EXCEPTED) DURING A TOUR IN SCOTLAND AND ON THE ENGLISH BORDER, IN THE AUTUMN OF 1831.

II. ON THE DEPARTURE OF SIR WALTER SCOTT FROM ABBOTSFORD, FOR NAPLES

          A TROUBLE, not of clouds, or weeping rain,
          Nor of the setting sun's pathetic light
          Engendered, hangs o'er Eildon's triple height:
          Spirits of Power, assembled there, complain
          For kindred Power departing from their sight;
          While Tweed, best pleased in chanting a blithe strain,
          Saddens his voice again, and yet again.
          Lift up your hearts, ye Mourners! for the might
          Of the whole world's good wishes with him goes;
          Blessings and prayers, in nobler retinue                    10
          Than sceptred king or laurelled conqueror knows
          Follow this wondrous Potentate. Be true,
          Ye winds of ocean, and the midland sea,
          Wafting your Charge to soft Parthenope!


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