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Poem by Robert Nicoll

The Lass of Turrit Ha

AMANG the hills, the rocky hills,
  Where whirs the moorcock, waves the heather,
Ae bonnie morn, in lightsome June,
  I wi a lassie did foregather.
Her naked feet, amang the grass,
  Seemed dancin snaw-white lambies twa,
As she gaed singin through the glen,
  The bonnie lass of Turrit Ha!

I stood upon an auld gray stane,
  An followed her wi straining ee,
As bairnies look on fallin starns
  That oer the lift glint silentlie.
Her sang, her bonnie mornin sang,
  Upon my heart did thrilling fa;
A thing of light and love was she,
  The bonnie lass of Turrit Ha!

I met her on the Sabbath-day,
  When winds amang the woods were lown,
When oer the muir o gorse an broom
  Came sweet the plaintive chanted tune.
And monie a bonnie quean was there;
  But she was fairest o them a,
The bonniest tree within the wood,
  The bonnie lass of Turrit Ha!

An when they sang the holy Psalm,
  Her voice was sweetest, dearest there,
Mang a that gaed to God aboon,
  Hers was the purest, holiest prayer!
I thought the light o day was gane
  When she ayont the kirkyard wa,
By yon burn-brae gaed wanderin hame,
  The bonnie lass of Turrit Ha!

A things in earth an heaven aboon
  Hae something worthy to be loved;
But mair than a I met afore
  That lassies smile my bosom moved.
The birdie loes the summer bush,
  The maukin loes the greenwood shaw;
But nane can tell how weel I loed
  The bonnie lass of Turrit Ha!

The summer bud o Turrit Glen,
  Alas! aneath the mools is laid;
The winds that waved her raven hair
  Are cauldly whistlin oer her bed:
But, while yon silent moon doth shine,
  Sae lang as I hae breath to draw,
I ll mind the gem o youth an love,
  The bonnie lass of Turrit Ha!

Robert Nicoll

Robert Nicoll's other poems:
  1. The Toun Where I Was Born
  2. Our Auld Hearthstane
  3. The Dominie
  4. Auld Donald
  5. We'll A' Go Pu' the Heather

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