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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.

XVII. BOTHWELL CASTLE

PASSED UNSEEN, ON ACCOUNT OF STORMY WEATHER

          IMMURED in Bothwell's towers, at times the Brave
          (So beautiful is Clyde) forgot to mourn
          The liberty they lost at Bannockburn.
          Once on those steeps 'I' roamed at large, and have
          In mind the landscape, as if still in sight;
          The river glides, the woods before me wave;
          Then why repine that now in vain I crave
          Needless renewal of an old delight?
          Better to thank a dear and long-past day
          For joy its sunny hours were free to give                   10
          Than blame the present, that our wish hath crost.
          Memory, like sleep, hath powers which dreams obey,
          Dreams, vivid dreams, that are not fugitive:
          How little that she cherishes is lost!


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