Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > Scotland
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Ross Dhu
To Ross Dhu
James Cochrane
OFT when a stripling thy sequestered coves,
Ross Dhu! have I stole into with my shallop,
And, dashing quickly on, put to the gallop
The browsing kine within thy oaken groves;
My feelings much akin to his who roves        5
Some new-discovered isle, at every sound,
Real or imagined, starting, as behoves
The boy who ventures on forbidden ground.
Unchallenged now I pass, but feel no more
Those exquisite delights I felt of yore,        10
When foresters and keepers in my sight
Were very satyrs, whom I sought to fly,
Yet wished to see; for danger is delight,
And fear is one great element of joy!

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