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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
Spring on the Ochils
By James Logie Robertson (‘Hugh Haliburton’) (1846–1922)
FRA whaur in fragrant wuds ye bide
  Secure fra winter care,
Come, gentle Spring, to Ochilside
  And Ochil valleys fair.
For sweet as ony pagan spring        5
  Are Devon’s watters clear;
And life wad be a lovely thing
  Gif ye were only here.
She comes! the waffin’ o’ her wings
  Wi’ music fills the air;        10
An’ wintry thochts o’ men an’ things
  Vex human hearts nae mair.
On Devon banks wi’ me she strays,
  Her poet for the while,
And Ochil brooks and Ochil braes        15
  Grow classic in her smile!

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