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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Glenara
By Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
 
O, HEARD ye yon pibroch sound sad in the gale,
Where a band cometh slowly with weeping and wail?
’Tis the chief of Glenara laments for his dear;
And her sire and her people are called to her bier.
 
Glenara came first, with the mourners and shroud;        5
Her kinsmen they followed, but mourned not aloud;
Their plaids all their bosoms were folded around;
They matched all in silence,—they looked on the ground.
 
In silence they reached, over mountain and moor,
To a heath where the oak-tree grew lonely and hoar;        10
“Now here let us place the gray stone of her cairn;—
Why speak ye no word?” said Glenara the stern.
 
“And tell me, I charge ye, ye clan of my spouse,
Why fold ye your mantles, why cloud ye your brows?”
So spake the rude chieftain; no answer is made,        15
But each mantle, unfolding, a dagger displayed.
 
“I dreamt of my lady, I dreamt of her shroud,”
Cried a voice from the kinsmen, all wrathful and loud;
“And empty that shroud and that coffin did seem;
Glenara! Glenara! now read me my dream!”        20
 
O, pale grew the cheek of that chieftain, I ween,
When the shroud was unclosed and no lady was seen;
When a voice from the kinsmen spoke louder in scorn,—
’Twas the youth who had loved the fair Ellen of Lorn,
 
“I dreamt of my lady, I dreamt of her grief,        25
I dreamt that her lord was a barbarous chief;
On a rock of the ocean fair Ellen did seem;
Glenara! Glenara! now read me my dream!”
 
In dust low the traitor has knelt to the ground,
And the desert revealed where his lady was found;        30
From a rock of the ocean that beauty is borne;
Now joy to the house of fair Ellen of Lorn.
 
 
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