Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894

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Sub-Island: "Ille Terrarum" (Underwoods, poem 2.2)

II


FRAE nirly, nippin', Eas'lan' breeze,

Frae Norlan' snaw, an' haar o' seas,

Weel happit in your gairden trees,

Atween the muckle Pentland's knees,


Beeches an' aiks entwine their theek,

An' firs, a stench, ault-farrant clique.

A' simmer day, your chimleys reek,

An' here an' there your windies keek


A pickle plats an' paths an' posies,

A wheen auld gillyflowers an' roses:

A ring o' wa's the hale encloses

An' there the auld housie beeks an' dozes,


The gairdner crooks his weary back

A' day in the pitaty-track,

Or mebbe stops awhile to crack

Or at some buss, worm-eaten-black,


Frae the high hills the curlew ca's;

The sheep gang baaing by the wa's;

Or whiles a clan o' roosty craws

The wild bees seek the gairden raws,


 

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