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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
Fair Helen
By Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
I WISH I were where Helen lies:
Night and day on me she cries;
O that I were where Helen lies
    On fair Kirconnell lea!
 
Curst be the heart that thought the thought,        5
And curst the hand that fired the shot,
When in my arms burd Helen dropt,
    And died to succor me!
 
O think na but my heart was sair
When my love dropt down and spake nae mair!        10
I laid her down wi’ meikle care
    On fair Kirconnell lea;
 
As I went down to the water-side,
None but my foe to be my guide,
None but my foe to be my guide,        15
    On fair Kirconnell lea;
 
I lighted doun my sword to draw,
I hackèd him in pieces sma’,
I hackèd him in pieces sma’,
    For her sake that died for me.        20
 
O Helen fair, beyond compare!
I’ll make a garland of thy hair
Shall bind my heart forevermair
    Until the day I die.
 
O that I were where Helen lies!        25
Night and day on me she cries;
Out of my bed she bids me rise,
    Says, ‘Haste and come to me!’
 
O Helen fair! O Helen chaste!
If I were with thee, I were blest,        30
Where thou lies low and takes thy rest
    On fair Kirconnell lea.
 
 
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