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We blessed were as the angels are, –
Adieu forever now,

My dear,
Adieu forever now.


O SWALLOW, Swallow, flying, flying South,
Fly to her, and fall upon her gilded eaves,
And tell her, tell her what I tell to thee.

O, tell her, Swallow, thou that knowest each,
That bright and fierce and fickle is the South,
And dark and true and tender is the North.

O Swallow, Swallow, if I could follow, and light
Upon her lattice, I would pipe and trill,
And cheep and twitter twenty million loves.

O, were I thou, that she might take me in,
And lay me on her bosom, and her heart
Would rock the snowy cradle till I died.

Why lingereth she to clothe her heart with love,
Delaying as the tender ash delays
To clothe herself, when all the woods are green?

O, tell her, Swallow, that thy brood is flown ;
Say to her, I do but wanton in the South,
But in the North long since my nest is made.

O, tell her, brief is life, but love is long,
And brief the sun of summer in the North,
And brief the moon of beauty in the South.

O Swallow, flying from the golden woods, Fly to her, and pipe and woo her, and make her mine, And tell her, tell her, that I follow thee.


O MARY, at thy window be !

It is the wish'd, the trysted hour !
Those smiles and glances let me see

That make the miser's treasure poor;
How blithely wad I bide the stoure,

A weary slave frae sun to sun,
Could I the rich reward secure,

The lovely Mary Morison.

Yestreen when to the trembling string

The dance gaed through the lighted ha',
To thee my fancy took its wing, —

I sat, but neither heard nor saw;
Though this was fair, and that was braw,

And yon the toast of a' the town,
I sigh’d, and said amang them a',
“Ye are na Mary Morison.”
O Mary, canst thou wreck his peace

Wha for thy sake wad gladly dee?
Or canst thou break that heart of his,

Whase only faut is loving thee?
If love for love thou wilt na gie,

At least be pity to me shown ;
A thought ungentle canna be
The thought o' Mary Morison.


MAXWELTON banks are bonnie,

Where early fa's the dew;
Where me and Annie Laurie

Made up the promise true;
Made up the promise true,

And never forget will I;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie

I 'll lay me doun and die.
She's backit like the peacock,

She 's breistit like the swan,
She's jimp about the middle,

Her waist ye weel micht span;
Her waist ye weel micht span,

And she has a rolling eye ;
And for bonnie Annie Laurie

I'll lay me down and die.


JENNY kissed me when we met,

Jumping from the chair she sat in.
Time, you thief ! who love to get

Sweets into your list, put that in.

Say I'm weary, say I'm sad ; * Original version, composed previous to 1688.

Say that health and wealth have miss'd me;
Say I'm growing old, but add —
Jenny kissed me!


AUF WIEDERSEHEN THE little gate was reached at last,

Half hid in lilacs down the lane; She pushed it wide, and, as she past, A wistful look she backward cast,

And said, — “Auf wiedersehen!
With hand on latch, a vision white

Lingered reluctant, and again
Half doubting if she did aright,
Soft as the dews that fell that night,

She said, — "Auf wiedersehen?
The lamp's clear gleam flits up the stair ;

I linger in delicious pain;
Ah, in that chamber, whose rich air
To breathe in thought I scarcely dare,

Thinks she, — "Auf wiedersehen!
'T is thirteen years ; once more I press

The turf that silences the lane;
I hear the rustle of her dress,
I smell the lilacs, and — ah, yes,

I hear, — "Auf wiedersehen!"
Sweet piece of bashful maiden art !

The English words had seemed too fain,
But these — they drew us heart to heart,
Yet held us tenderly apart;
She said, — “Auf wiedersehen /.


O DAYS and hours, your work is this:

To hold me from my proper place,

A little while from his embrace,
For fuller gain of after bliss :
That out of distance might ensue
Desire of nearness doubly sweet ;

And unto meeting when we meet,
Delight a hundred-fold accrue.


WHEN I think on the happy days

I spent wi' you, my dearie;
And now what lands between us lie,

How can I be but eerie ?

How slow ye move, ye heavy hours,

As ye were wae and weary ! It was na sae ye glinted by When I was wi' my dearie.


* LOVE'S PHILOSOPHY THE fountains mingle with the river,

And the rivers with the ocean ; The winds of heaven mix forever

With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single ;

All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle :

Why not I with thine ?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven,

And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower would be forgiven

If it disdain'd its brother.
And the sunlight clasps the earth,

And the moonbeams kiss the sea :
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?


BONNIE MARY Go fetch to me a pint o’ wine,

And fill it in a silver tassie; That I may drink before I go,

A service to my bonnie lassie ; The boat rocks at the pier o’Leith;

Fu' loud the wind blaws frae the ferry; The ship rides by the Berwick Law,

And I maun leave my bonnie Mary.

The trumpets sound, the banners fly,

The glittering spears are ranked ready; The sbouts o' war are heard afar

The battle closes thick and bloody.

It 's not the roar o sea or shore

Wad make me langer wish to tarry;
Nor shouts o' war that's heard afar —
It 's leaving thee, my bonnie Mary.



FIRST time he kiss'd me, he but only kiss'd
The finger of this hand wherewith I write ;
And ever since it grew more clean and white,
Slow to world-greetings, quick with its “ O, list,”
When the angels speak. A ring of amethyst
I could not wear here, plainer to my sight
Than that first kiss. The second pass'd in height
The first, and sought the forehead, and half miss'd,
Half falling on the hair. O, beyond meed!
That was the chrism of love, which love's own crown,
With sanctifying sweetness, did precede.
The third upon my lips was folded down
In perfect, purple state ; since when, indeed,
I have been proud, and said, “ My love, my own!”



I ARISE from dreams of thee
In the first sweet sleep of night,
When the winds are breathing low,
And the stars are shining bright.
I arise from dreams of thee,
And a spirit in my feet
Has led me — who knows how? —
To thy chamber-window, sweet !
The wandering airs they faint
On the dark, the silent stream ;
The champak odors fail
Like sweet thoughts in a dream;
The nightingale's complaint,
It dies upon her heart,
As I must die on thine,
O beloved as thou art!
O, lift me from the grass !
I die, I faint, I fail !
Let thy love in kisses rain
On my lips and eyelids pale.

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