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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Clyde, the River
The Vale of Clyde
John Struthers (1776–1853)
 
ADMIRING nature’s simple charms,
  I left my humble home,
Awhile my country’s peaceful plain
  With pilgrim step to roam:
I marked the leafy summer wave        5
  On flowing Irvine’s side,
But richer far ’s the robe she wears
  Within the vale of Clyde.
 
I roamed the braes of bonnie Doon,
  The winding banks of Ayr,        10
Where flutters many a small bird gay,
  Blooms many a floweret fair;
But dearer far to me the stem
  That once was Calder’s pride,
And blossoms now, the fairest flower,        15
  Within the vale of Clyde.
 
Avaunt! thou life-repressing north!
  Ye withering east-winds too!
But come, thou all-reviving west,
  Breathe soft thy genial dew;        20
Until at length, in peaceful age,
  This lovely floweret shed
Its last green leaf upon my tomb,
  Within the vale of Clyde.
 
 
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