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Avignon by John Buchan

1759

        Hearts to break but nane to sell,
         Gear to tine but nane to hain;--
        We maun dree a weary spell
         Ere our lad comes back again.
 
I walk abroad on winter days,
  When storms have stripped the wide champaign,
For northern winds have norland ways,
  And scents of Badenoch haunt the rain.
And by the lipping river path,
 When in the fog the Rhone runs grey,
I see the heather of the Strath,
  And watch the salmon leap in Spey.
 
The hills are feathered with young trees,
  I set them for my children's boys.
I made a garden deep in ease,
  A pleasance for my lady's joys.
Strangers have heired them. Long ago
  She died,--kind fortune thus to die;
And my one son by Beauly flow
  Gave up the soul that could not lie.
 
Old, elbow-worn, and pinched I bide
  The final toll the gods may take.
The laggard years have quenched my pride;
  They cannot kill the ache, the ache.
 
Weep not the dead, for they have sleep
  Who lie at home: but ah, for me
In the deep grave my heart will weep
  With longing for my lost countrie.
 
        Hearts to break but nane to sell,
         Gear to tine but nane to hain;--
        We maun dree a weary spell
         Ere our lad comes back again.

 
 
 

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