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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Strathairly
Coming Hame
Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (1826–1887)
 
      THE LIFT is high and blue,
      And the new moon glints through
The bonnie corn-stooks o’ Strathairly;
      My ship ’s in Largo Bay,
      And I ken it weel,—the way        5
Up the steep, steep brae of Strathairly.
 
      When I sailed ower the sea,—
      A laddie bold and free,—
The corn sprang green on Strathairly;
      When I come back again,        10
      ’T is an auld man walks his lane,
Slow and sad through the fields o’ Strathairly.
 
      Of the shearers that I see,
      Ne’er a body kens me,
Though I kent them a’ at Strathairly;        15
      And this fisher-wife I pass,
      Can she be the braw lass
That I kissed at the back of Strathairly?
 
      O, the land ’s fine, fine!
      I could buy it a’ for mine,        20
My gowd ’s yellow as the stooks o’ Strathairly;
      But I fain yon lad wad be,
      That sailed ower the salt sea,
As the dawn rose gray on Strathairly.
 
 
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