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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
 
The Highland Emigrant’s Last Farewell
By Evan MacColl (1808–1898)
 
ADIEU, my native land; adieu,
  The banks of fair Lochfyne,
Where the first breath of life I drew,
  And would my last resign!
Swift sails the bark that wafteth me        5
  This night from thy loved strand;
Oh, must it be my last of thee,
  My dear, dear fatherland!
 
O Scotland! o’er the Atlantic roar
  Though fated to depart,        10
Nor time nor space can e’er efface
  Thine image from my heart.
Come weal, come woe, till life’s last throe,
  My Highland home shall seem
An Eden bright in Fancy’s light,        15
  A heaven in Memory’s dream!
 
Land of the maids of matchless grace,
  The bards of matchless song,
Land of the bold heroic race
  That never brooked a wrong!        20
Long in the front of nations free
  May Scotland proudly stand;
Farewell to thee, farewell to thee,
  My dear, dear fatherland!
 
 
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