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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Coquet Water
Bonnie Coquet-side
Robert White
O MARY, look how sweetly spring
  Revives ilk opening flower:
Here in this brake, where lintwhites sing,
  I ’ll form a simmer bower,
Beneath whose shade, in sultry days,        5
  We ’ll see the burnies glide,
And sportive lambkins deck the braes,
  On bonnie Coquet-side.
At morn, I ’ll mark how melting shine
  Thy een sae deeply blue;        10
Or, tempted thereby, press to mine
  Thy lips o’ rosy hue.
To breathe the halesome air, we ’ll rove
  Amang the hazels wide,
And rest betimes, to speak o’ love,        15
  By bonnie Coquet-side.
The wild-rose pure, that scents the gale,
  Shall grace thy bosom fair;
The violet dark, and cowslip pale,
  I ’ll pu’ to wreathe thy hair.        20
O’er shelving banks or wimpling streams
  Thy gracefu’ steps I ’ll guide
To spots where nature loveliest seems
  On bonnie Coquet-side.
And when we view ilk furzy dale        25
  Where hang the dews o’ morn,
Ilk winding, deep, romantic vale,
  Ilk snaw-white blossomed thorn,
Frae every charm I ’ll turn to thee,
  And think my winsome bride        30
Mair sweet than aught that meets my ee
  By bonnie Coquet-side.

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