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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Tealing
The Bonny Bowers o’ Tealing
George W. Donald (b. 1820)
 
THEY tell me in yon sunny land
  The palm-tree shades the mountain,
An’ they tell me o’ their myrtle groves,
  And the crystal-gushing fountain;
They tell me o’ the clustering vine        5
  The flowery path concealing;
But they cudna’ please this heart o’ mine
  Like the bonnie bowers o’ Tealing.
 
They kenna’ o’ the scented thorn,
  The birk and broom sae yellow;        10
They kenna’ o’ the mavis’ sang,
  Or the blackbird’s note sae mellow;
They kenna o’ the zephyrs mild,
  Or the balmy breeze so healing,
That softly shakes the dewy flowers        15
  ’Mang the bonnie bowers o’ Tealing.
 
I ’ve wandered far, I ’ve wandered wide,
  On Scotia’s rugged bosom;
I ’ve pu’d the rose in a’ its pride,
  An’ the lily’s gowden blossom;        20
But the fairest flower that ere I saw
  Was by the burnie, stealing
And murmuring through its gow’ny banks,
  ’Mang the bonny bowers o’ Tealing.
 
 
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