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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
330. The Land o’ the Leal
 
Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne (1766–1845)
 
 
I’M wearing awa’, Jean,
Like snaw when its thaw, Jean,
I’m wearing awa’
  To the land o’ the leal. 1
There’s nae sorrow there, Jean,        5
There’s neither cauld nor care, Jean,
The day is aye fair
  In the land o’ the leal.
 
Ye were aye leal and true, Jean,
Your task’s ended noo, Jean,        10
And I’ll welcome you
  To the land o’ the leal.
Our bonnie bairn’s there, Jean,
She was baith guid and fair, Jean;
O we grudged her right sair        15
  To the land o’ the leal!
 
Then dry that tearfu’ e’e, Jean,
My soul langs to be free, Jean,
And angels wait on me
  To the land o’ the leal.        20
Now fare ye weel, my ain Jean,
This warld’s care is vain, Jean;
We’ll meet and aye be fain
  In the land o’ the leal.
 
Note 1. Loyal. [back]
 

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