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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.

VI. THE TROSACHS

          THERE'S not a nook within this solemn Pass,
          But were an apt confessional for One
          Taught by his summer spent, his autumn gone,
          That Life is but a tale of morning grass
          Withered at eve. From scenes of art which chase
          That thought away, turn, and with watchful eyes
          Feed it 'mid Nature's old felicities,
          Rocks, rivers, and smooth lakes more clear than glass
          Untouched, unbreathed upon. Thrice happy quest,
          If from a golden perch of aspen spray                       10
          (October's workmanship to rival May)
          The pensive warbler of the ruddy breast
          That moral sweeten by a heaven-taught lay,
          Lulling the year, with all its cares, to rest!


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