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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Blackford Hill
Blackford Hill
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
(From Marmion)

BLACKFORD! on whose uncultured breast,
  Among the broom, and thorn, and whin,
A truant-boy, I sought the nest,
Or listed, as I lay at rest,
  While rose, on breezes thin,        5
The murmur of the city crowd,
And, from his steeple jangling loud,
  Saint Giles’s mingling din.
Now, from the summit to the plain,
Waves all the hill with yellow grain;        10
  And o’er the landscape as I look,
Naught do I see unchanged remain,
  Save the rude cliffs and chiming brook.
To me they make a heavy moan,
Of early friendships past and gone.        15

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