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Poem by Hugh MacDonald

The Lassie o Carmyle

T WAS on a bonnie simmer morn,
  The fields were wet wi dew,
And Cluthas banks were clad wi flowers
  Of fairest form and hue;
The wild birds sang their sweetest notes,
  Blithe Phœbus ceased to smile,
As wandering forth I chanced to meet
  The lassie o Carmyle.

Her glowing cheek outrivalled far
  The rosebuds sweetest hue;
Her hair was like the ravens wing,
  Her eyes a lovely blue.
Oercome with love and sweet surprise,
  Entranced I stood awhile,
Then fondly clasped, in warm embrace,
  The lassie o Carmyle.

Yon sweet wee gowan on the bank
  Wi her could neer compare;
The primrose pale, the violets blue,
  Were neer so sweet and fair.	 
I told my love wi artless tongue,
  Wi heart unstained by guile;
She blushed, she smiled, but noo she s mine,
  The lassie o Carmyle.

Unheeded now, ambition scales
  The slippery hill of fame;
Unenvied now, pale avarice gains
  Blind fortunes fickle game:
For what are rank or fame to me
  Compared wi her sweet smile?	 
My hearts first treasure still shall be
  The lassie o Carmyle.

Hugh MacDonald

Hugh MacDonald's other poems:
  1. Bonnie Greenlaw
  2. The Lass o Colinslee

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