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Poem by Robert Burns


Lament of Mary Queen of Scots


Now Nature hangs her mantle green
  On every blooming tree,
And spreads her sheets o daisies white
  Out-owre the grassy lea;
Now Phoebus cheers the crystal streams,
  And glads the azure skies;
But nought can glad the weary wight
  That fast in durance lies.

Now laverocks wake the merry morn,
  Aloft on dewy wing;
The merle, in his noontide bowr,
  Makes woodland echoes ring;
The mavis mild wi many a note,
  Sings drowsy day to rest:
In love and freedom they rejoice,
  Wi care nor thrall opprest.

Now blooms the lily by the bank,
  The primrose down the brae;
The hawthorns budding in the glen,
  And milk-white is the slae:
The meanest hind in fair Scotland
  May rove their sweets amang;
But I, the Queen of a Scotland,
  Maun lie in prison strang.

I was the Queen o bonnie France,
  Where happy I hae been;
Fu lightly rase I in the morn,
  As blythe lay down at een:
And Im the sovreign of Scotland,
  And mony a traitor there;
Yet here I lie in foreign bands,
  And never-ending care.

But as for thee, thou false woman,
  My sister and my fae,
Grim vengeance yet shall whet a sword
  That thro thy soul shall gae!
The weeping blood in womans breast
  Was never known to thee;
Nor th balm that draps on wounds of woe
  Frae womans pitying ee.

My son! my son! may kinder stars
  Upon thy fortune shine;
And may those pleasures gild thy reign,
  That neer wad blink on mine.
God keep thee frae thy mothers faes,
  Or turn their hearts to thee;
And where thou meetst thy mothers friend,
  Remember him for me!

Oh! soon to me may summer-suns
  Nae mair light up the morn!
Nae mair to me the autumn winds
  Wave oer the yellow corn!
And, in the narrow house o death,
  Let winter round me rave;
And the next flowrs that deck the spring
  Bloom on my peaceful grave!

[1791]

                      Robert Burns


Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. Mark Yonder Pomp
  2. By Allan Stream
  3. Theres News, Lasses
  4. Scroggam
  5. The First Psalm


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William Wordsworth Lament Of Mary Queen Of Scots ("Smile of the Moon!---for I so name")

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