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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.

XX. SUGGESTED BY A VIEW FROM AN EMINENCE IN INGLEWOOD FOREST

          THE forest huge of ancient Caledon
          Is but a name, no more is Inglewood,
          That swept from hill to hill, from flood to flood:
          On her last thorn the nightly moon has shone;
          Yet still, though unappropriate Wild be none,
          Fair parks spread wide where Adam Bell might deign
          With Clym o' the Clough, were they alive again,
          To kill for merry feast their venison.
          Nor wants the holy Abbot's gliding Shade
          His church with monumental wreck bestrown;                  10
          The feudal Warrior-chief, a Ghost unlaid,
          Hath still his castle, though a skeleton,
          That he may watch by night, and lessons con
          Of power that perishes, and rights that fade.


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