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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Loch Achray
Loch Achray
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
(From The Lady of the Lake)

THE MINSTREL came once more to view
The eastern ridge of Benvenue,
For ere he parted, he would say
Farewell to lovely Loch Achray,—
Where shall he find, in foreign land,        5
So lone a lake, so sweet a strand!—
  There is no breeze upon the fern,
    No ripple on the lake,
  Upon her eyry nods the erne,
    The deer has sought the brake;        10
  The small birds will not sing aloud,
    The springing trout lies still,
  So darkly glooms yon thunder-cloud,
  That swathes, as with a purple shroud,
    Benledi’s distant hill.        15

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