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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Georgian Verse.  1909.
Loch Erroch Side
By 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 nought but death shall move me.
‘But faithful, loving, true, and kind
  For ever shalt thou 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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