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Poem by Robert Allan


Queen Marys Escape from Lochleven Castle


PUT off, put off, and row with speed,
For now s the time, and the hour of need!
To oars, to oars, and trim the bark,
Nor Scotlands queen be a warders mark!
Yon light that plays round the castles moat
Is only the warders random shot!
Put off, put off, and row with speed,
For now is the time, and the hour of need!

Those ponderous keys shall the kelpies keep,
And lodge in their caverns dark and deep;
Nor shall Lochlevens towers or hall
Hold thee, our lovely lady, in thrall;
Or be the haunt of traitors, sold,
While Scotland has hands and hearts so bold;
Then, steersmen, steersmen, on with speed,
For now is the time, and the hour of need!

Hark! the alarum-bell hath rung,
And the warders voice hath treason sung;
The echoes to the falconets roar
Chime softly to the dashing oar.
Let town and hall and battlements gleam,
We steer by the light of the tapers beam;
For Scotland and Mary, on with speed;
Now, now is the time, and the hour of need!



Robert Allan

Poem Theme: Castles

Robert Allan's other poems:
  1. O, Leeze Me on the Bonnie Lass
  2. The Lovely Maid of Ormadale
  3. The Bonnie Lass o Woodhouselee
  4. The Martyrs Hill


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