Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > Scotland
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Kelvin Water
To Kelvin Water
James Cochrane
SEQUESTERED stream! I saw year after year
The noxious town expanding, street on street,
Blighting the rural charms of thy retreat,
Where whispering lovers, no intruders near,
Walked hand in hand; where oft with stealthy feet        5
I hied along thy banks at morn, to hear
The small shrill wren the spring’s reveille beat:
And as a bird, when robbed by driving sleet
Or cruel imps of half its fledglings dear,
Clings but the closer to the few still left,        10
So I to thee while one tree was uncleft;
But every vestige of the forest gone,
Like the same bird when reft of all her brood,
Who pours her mournful ditty through the wood,
I sing thy dirge far off, and all alone.        15

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