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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
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 glist’ning e’e, John:
My saul 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’ thro’, 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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