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Robert Burns (1759–1796).  Poems and Songs.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
532. Song—Their groves o’ sweet myrtle
 
 
Tune—“Humours of Glen.”
 
 
THEIR groves o’ sweet myrtle let Foreign Lands reckon,
  Where bright-beaming summers exalt the perfume;
Far dearer to me yon lone glen o’ green breckan,
  Wi’ the burn stealing under the lang, yellow broom.
Far dearer to me are yon humble broom bowèrs        5
  Where the blue-bell and gowan lurk, lowly, unseen;
For there, lightly tripping, among the wild flowèrs,
  A-list’ning the linnet, aft wanders my Jean.
 
Tho’ rich is the breeze in their gay, sunny valleys,
  And cauld Caledonia’s blast on the wave;        10
Their sweet-scented woodlands that skirt the proud palace,
  What are they?—the haunt of the Tyrant and Slave.
The Slave’s spicy forests, and gold-bubbling fountains,
  The brave Caledonian views wi’ disdain;
He wanders as free as the winds of his mountains,        15
  Save Love’s willing fetters—the chains of his Jean.
 

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