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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.

VII

          THE pibroch's note, discountenanced or mute;
          The Roman kilt, degraded to a toy
          Of quaint apparel for a half-spoilt boy;
          The target mouldering like ungathered fruit;
          The smoking steam-boat eager in pursuit,
          As eagerly pursued; the umbrella spread
          To weather-fend the Celtic herdsman's head--
          All speak of manners withering to the root,
          And of old honours, too, and passions high:
          Then may we ask, though pleased that thought should range   10
          Among the conquests of civility,
          Survives imagination--to the change
          Superior? Help to virtue does she give?
          If not, O Mortals, better cease to live!


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