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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
 
III. War
Pibroch of Donuil Dhu
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
[1431]

PIBROCH of Donuil Dhu, 1
  Pibroch of Donuil,
Wake thy wild voice anew,
  Summon Clan Conuil.
Come away, come away,        5
  Hark to the summons!
Come in your war array,
  Gentles and commons.
 
Come from deep glen, and
  From mountains so rocky;        10
The war-pipe and pennon
  Are at Inverlochy.
Come every hill-plaid, and
  True heart that wears one,
Come every steel blade, and        15
  Strong hand that bears one.
 
Leave untended the herd,
  The flock without shelter;
Leave the corpse uninterred,
  The bride at the altar;        20
Leave the deer, leave the steer,
  Leave nets and barges;
Come with your fighting gear,
  Broadswords and targes.
 
Come as the winds come, when        25
  Forests are rended;
Come as the waves come, when
  Navies are stranded;
Faster come, faster come,
  Faster and faster,        30
Chief, vassal, page and groom,
  Tenant and master.
 
Fast they come, fast they come;
  See how they gather!
Wide waves the eagle plume        35
  Blended with heather.
Cast your plaids, draw your blades,
  Forward each man set!
Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
  Knell for the onset!        40
 
Note 1. Pipe-summons, or gathering-song, of Donald the Black. [back]
 
 
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