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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.

XIV. HIGHLAND HUT

          SEE what gay wild flowers deck this earth-built Cot,
          Whose smoke, forth-issuing whence and how it may,
          Shines in the greeting of the sun's first ray
          Like wreaths of vapour without stain or blot.
          The limpid mountain rill avoids it not;
          And why shouldst thou?--If rightly trained and bred,
          Humanity is humble, finds no spot
          Which her Heaven-guided feet refuse to tread.
          The walls are cracked, sunk is the flowery roof,
          Undressed the pathway leading to the door;                  10
          But love, as Nature loves, the lonely Poor;
          Search, for their worth, some gentle heart wrong-proof,
          Meek, patient, kind, and, were its trials fewer,
          Belike less happy.--Stand no more aloof!


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