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Poem by Robert Burns

The Gloomy Night

THE gloomy night is gathering fast,
Loud roars the wild inconstant blast,
Yon murky cloud is foul with rain,
I see it driving oer the plain;
The hunter now has left the moor,
The scatterd coveys meet secure,
While here I wander, prest with care,
Along the lonely banks of Ayr.

  The Autumn mourns her ripening corn
By early Winters ravage torn;
Across her placid azure sky,
She sees the scowling tempest fly:
Chill runs my blood to hear it rave,
I think upon the stormy wave,
Where many a danger I must dare,
Far from the bonnie banks of Ayr.

  Tis not the surging billows roar,
Tis not that fatal, deadly shore;
Tho death in evry shape appear,
The wretched have no more to fear:
But round my heart the ties are bound,
That heart transpiercd with many a wound:
These bleed afresh, those ties I tear,
To leave the bonnie banks of Ayr.

  Farewell, old Coilas hills and dales,
Her heathy moors and winding vales;
The scenes where wretched fancy roves,
Pursuing past unhappy loves!
Farewell, my friends!  Farewell, my foes!
My peace with these, my love with those;
The bursting tears my heart declare,
Farewell, the bonnie banks of Ayr!

Robert Burns

Poem Themes: Ayr, Rivers

Robert Burns's other poems:
  1. The Banks of Nith (THE THAMES flows proudly to the sea)
  2. The Flowery Banks of Cree
  3. Farewell to Ballochmyle
  4. Gala Water
  5. The Rantin Dog the Daddie Ot

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