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Poem by Walter Scott

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THE SUN upon the Weirdlaw Hill
  In Ettricks vale is sinking sweet;
The westland wind is hush and still,
  The lake lies sleeping at my feet.
Yet not the landscape to mine eye
  Bears those bright hues that once it bore,
Though Evening, with her richest dye,
  Flames oer the hills of Ettricks shore.

With listless look along the plain
  I see Tweeds silver current glide,
And coldly mark the holy fane
  Of Melrose rise in ruined pride.
The quiet lake, the balmy air,
  The hill, the stream, the tower, the tree,
Are they still such as once they were,
  Or is the dreary change in me?

Alas, the warped and broken board,
  How can it bear the painters dye!
The harp of strained and tuneless chord,
  How to the minstrels skill reply!
To aching eyes each landscape lowers,
  To feverish pulse each gale blows chill;
And Arabys or Edens bowers
  Were barren as this moorland hill.

Walter Scott

Walter Scott's other poems:
  1. The Monks of Bangors March
  2. On Ettrick Forests Mountains Dun
  3. Lines Addressed to Ranald Macdonald, Esq., of Staffa
  4. Epitaph
  5. The Maid of Isla

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