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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.

IV. ON THE SIGHT OF A MANSE IN THE SOUTH OF SCOTLAND

          SAY, ye far-travelled clouds, far-seeing hills--
          Among the happiest-looking homes of men
          Scattered all Britain over, through deep glen,
          On airy upland, and by forest rills,
          And o'er wide plains cheered by the lark that trills
          His sky-born warblings--does aught meet your ken
          More fit to animate the Poet's pen,
          Aught that more surely by its aspect fills
          Pure minds with sinless envy, than the Abode
          Of the good Priest: who, faithful through all hours         10
          To his high charge, and truly serving God,
          Has yet a heart and hand for trees and flowers,
          Enjoys the walks his predecessors trod,
          Nor covets lineal rights in lands and towers.


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