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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Glenshee
The Shepherd of Glenshee
William Thomson (b. 1797)
 
I WANDER over hill and dale;
I breathe the healthful mountain gale;
Far from the city’s busy throng,
I listen to the warbler’s song;
I guide and tend my fleecy flocks,        5
Among the muirs, around the rocks;
And wander unconfined and free,
By bank and burn amid Glenshee.
 
While roaming o’er the mountain’s side,
I mark the seasons onward glide;        10
See winter clothe the hills with snow,
And make the rivers overflow;
Behold the sunshine and the showers
In spring renew the leafless bowers;
And list the hum of busy bee        15
Among the blossoms in Glenshee.
 
When summer shines on howm and height,
And fills the bosom with delight;
When bloom adorns the sylvan dell,
And purple heath-flowers deck the fell,—        20
At gloaming gray, amid the glade,
I wander with my mountain maid;
And there is none like her I see,
The fairest flower in all Glenshee!
 
I love to mark, begemmed with dew,        25
In shady dell, the violet blue;
I joy to view the crystal stream
In morning’s cloudless radiance gleam;
But dearer, sweeter, lovelier far
Than opening rose or shining star,        30
Than all I know, than all I see,
The blossom that adorns Glenshee!
 
 
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