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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Northmaven
Halcro’s Song
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
(From The Pirate, chap. xii.)

FAREWELL to Northmaven,
  Gray Hillswicke, farewell!
To the calms of thy haven,
  The storms on thy fell;
To each breeze that can vary        5
  The mood of thy main,
And to thee, bonny Mary!
  We meet not again.
 
Farewell the wild ferry,
  Which Hacon could brave,        10
When the peaks of the Skerry
  Were white in the wave.
There ’s a maid may look over
  These wild waves in vain,
For the skiff of her lover,—        15
  He comes not again.
 
The vows thou hast broke,
  On the wild currents fling them;
On the quicksand and rock
  Let the mermaiden sing them.        20
New sweetness they ’ll give her
  Bewildering strain;
But there ’s one who will never
  Believe them again.
 
O were there an island,        25
  Though ever so wild,
Where woman could smile, and
  No man be beguiled,—
Too tempting a snare
  To poor mortals were given,        30
And the hope would fix there
  That should anchor on heaven.
 
 
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