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Poem by Allan Ramsay


FAREWELL to Lochaber, farewell to my Jean,
Where heartsome with thee I have mony a day been;
To Lochaber no more, to Lochaber no more,
We ll maybe return to Lochaber no more.
These tears that I shed they are a for my dear,
And not for the dangers attending on weir;
Though borne on rough seas to a far bloody shore,
Maybe to return to Lochaber no more!

Though hurricanes rise, and rise every wind,
No tempest can equal the storm in my mind;
Though loudest of thunders on louder waves roar,
That s naething like leaving my love on the shore.
To leave thee behind me my heart is sair pained,
But by ease that s inglorious no fame can be gained:
And beauty and love s the reward of the brave;
And I maun deserve it before I can crave.

Then glory, my Jeany, maun plead my excuse;
Since honor commands me, how can I refuse?
Without it I neer can have merit for thee,
And losing thy favor I d better not be.
I gae then, my lass, to win honor and fame,
And if I should chance to come glorious hame,
I ll bring a heart to thee with love running oer,
And then I ll leave thee and Lochaber no more.

Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay's other poems:
  1. Bonnie Chirsty
  2. The Waukin' o' the Fauld
  3. Katy's Answer
  4. The Young Laird and Edinburgh Katy
  5. My Peggy Is a Young Thing

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