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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
Lay of the Last Minstrel

Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
BREATHES 1 there the man, with soul so dead,
Who never to himself hath said,
  ‘This is my own, my native land!’
Whose heart hath ne’er within him burned,
As home his footsteps he hath turned,        5
  From wandering on a foreign strand?
 
  O Caledonia! stern and wild,
Meet nurse for a poetic child!
Land of brown heath and shaggy wood,
Land of the mountain and the flood,        10
Land of my sires! what mortal hand
Can e’er untie the filial band,
That knits me to thy rugged strand!…
 
Note 1. Walter Scott. ‘Lay of the Last Minstrel’. Cant. vi. [back]
 
 
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