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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Seaton Vale
The Rose of Seaton Vale
John Imlah (1799–1846)
 
A BONNIE Rose bloomed wild and fair,
  As sweet a bud, I trow,
As ever breathed the morning air,
  Or drank the evening dew.
A Zephyr loved the blushing flower,        5
  With sigh and fond love-tale;
It wooed within its briery bower
  The Rose of Seaton Vale.
 
With wakening kiss the Zephyr pressed
  This bud at morning light;        10
At noon it fanned its glowing breast,
  And nestled there at night.
But other flowers sprung up thereby,
  And lured the roving gale;
The Zephyr left to droop and die        15
  The Rose of Seaton Vale.
 
A matchless maiden dwelt by Don,
  Loved by as fair a youth;
Long had their young hearts throbbed as one
  Wi’ tenderness and truth.        20
Thy warmest tear, soft Pity, pour,—
  For Ellen’s type and tale
Are in that sweet, ill-fated flower,
  The Rose of Seaton Vale.
 
 
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