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(See the various Poems the scene of which is laid upon the
Banks of the Yarrow; in particular, the exquisite Bal. lad of Hamilton, beginning
“Busk ye, busk ye my bonny, bonny Bride,
From Stirling Castle we had seen
“Let Yarrow Folk, frae Selkirk Town,
“There's Galla Water, Leader Haughs, “Both lying right before us ; “ And Dryborough, where with chiming Tweed “The Lintwhites sing in chorus ; “There's pleasant Tiviot Dale, a land “Made blithe with plough and harrow; “Why throw away a needful day “ To go in search of Yarrow ?
“What's Yarrow but a River bare “That glides the dark hills under ? “There are a thousand such elsewhere “ As worthy of your wonder.” -Strange words they seem'd of slight and scorn; My True-love sigh'd for sorrow; And look'd me in the face, to think I thus could speak of Yarrow !
“Oh! green,” said I, “are Yarrow's Holms,
* See Hamilton's Ballad as above.
“Let Beeves and home-bred Kine partake “The sweets of Burn-mill meadow; “The Swan on still St. Mary's Lake “Float double, Swan and Shadow ! “ We will not see them ; will not go, “Today, nor yet tomorrow; “ Enough if in our hearts we know, “There's such a place as Yarrow.
“Be Yarrow Stream unseen, unknown! “It must, or we shall rue it: “We have a vision of our own; “Ah! why should we undo it? “ The treasured dreams of times long past “We'll keep them, winsome Marrow! “For when we're there although 'tis fair “ 'Twill be another Yarrow!