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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.

XV. THE BROWNIE

          "HOW disappeared he?" Ask the newt and toad;
          Ask of his fellow-men, and they will tell
          How he was found, cold as an icicle,
          Under an arch of that forlorn abode;
          Where he, unpropped, and by the gathering flood
          Of years hemmed round, had dwelt, prepared to try
          Privation's worst extremities, and die
          With no one near save the omnipresent God.
          Verily so to live was an awful choice--
          A choice that wears the aspect of a doom;                   10
          But in the mould of mercy all is cast
          For Souls familiar with the eternal Voice;
          And this forgotten Taper to the last
          Drove from itself, we trust, all frightful gloom.


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