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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Loch Erroch
Loch-Erroch Side
James Tytler (1745–1804)
AS I cam’ by Loch-Erroch side,
  The lofty hills surveying,
The water clear, the heather blooms,
  Their fragrance sweet conveying;
I met, unsought, my lovely maid,        5
  I found her like May morning;
With graces sweet, and charms so rare,
  Her person all adorning.
How kind her looks, how blest was I,
  While in my arms I prest her!        10
And she her wishes scarce concealed,
  As fondly I caressed her.
She said, “If that your heart be true,
  If constantly you ’ll love me,
I heed not care nor fortune’s frowns,        15
  For naught but death shall move me.
“But faithful, loving, true, and kind,
  Forever thou shalt find me;
And of our meeting here so sweet,
  Loch-Erroch sweet shall mind me.”        20
Enraptured then, “My lovely lass,”
  I cried, “no more we ’ll tarry!
We ’ll leave the fair Loch-Erroch side,
  For lovers soon should marry.”

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