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YARROW REVISITED, AND OTHER POEMS

COMPOSED (TWO EXCEPTED) DURING A TOUR IN SCOTLAND AND ON THE ENGLISH BORDER, IN THE AUTUMN OF 1831.

III. A PLACE OF BURIAL IN THE SOUTH OF SCOTLAND

          PART fenced by man, part by a rugged steep
          That curbs a foaming brook, a Grave-yard lies;
          The hare's best couching-place for fearless sleep;
          Which moonlit elves, far seen by credulous eyes,
          Enter in dance. Of church, or sabbath ties,
          No vestige now remains; yet thither creep
          Bereft Ones, and in lowly anguish weep
          Their prayers out to the wind and naked skies.
          Proud tomb is none; but rudely-sculptured knights,
          By humble choice of plain old times, are seen               10
          Level with earth, among the hillocks green:
          Union not sad, when sunny daybreak smites
          The spangled turf, and neighbouring thickets ring
          With 'jubilate' from the choirs of spring!


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