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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. III. The Eighteenth Century: Addison to Blake
The Land o’ the Leal
By Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne (1766–1845)
I ’M wearin’ awa’, John,
Like snaw-wreaths in thaw, John,
I ’m wearin’ awa’
    To the land o’ the leal.
There ’s nae sorrow there, John,        5
There ’s neither cauld nor care, John,
The day is aye fair
    In the land o’ the leal.
Our bonnie bairn ’s there, John,
She was baith gude and fair, John;        10
And oh! we grudged her sair
    To the land o’ the leal.
But sorrow’s sel’ wears past, John,
And joy ’s a-comin’ fast, John,
The joy that ’s aye to last        15
    In the land o’ the leal.
Sae dear that joy was bought, John,
Sae free the battle fought, John,
That sinfu’ man e’er brought
    To the land o’ the leal.        20
Oh! dry your glistening e’e, John,
My soul langs to be free, John,
And angels beckon me,
    To the land o’ the leal.
Oh! haud ye leal and true, John,        25
Your day it ’s wearin’ through, John,
And I ’ll welcome you
    To the land o’ the leal.
Now fare-ye-weel, my ain John,
This warld’s cares are vain, John,        30
We ’ll meet, and we ’ll be fain
    In the land o’ the leal.

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