English poetry

Poems in English


O young Lochinvar is come out of the west, Through all the wide Border his steed was the best; And […]

Lullaby of an Infant Chief

hush thee, my babie, thy sire was a knight, Thy mother a lady, both lovely and bright; The woods and […]

The Maid of Neidpath

O lovers’ eyes are sharp to see, And lovers’ ears in hearing; And love, in life’s extremity, Can lend an […]

Pibroch of Donail Dhu

Pibroch of Donuil Dhu, Pibroch of Donuil, Wake thy wild voice anew, Summon Clan-Conuil. Come away, come away, Hark to […]

Jock of Hazeldean

Why weep ye by the tide, ladie? Why weep ye by the tide? I’ll wed ye to my youngest son, […]

Where Shall the Lover Rest

Where shall the lover rest Whom the fates sever From the true maiden’s breast, Parted for ever? Where, through groves […]

County Guy

Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh, The sun has left the lea, The orange flower perfumes the bower, The […]

MacGregor’s Gathering

The moon’s on the lake, and the mist’s on the brae, And the Clan has a name that is nameless […]

The Rover’s Adieu

weary lot is thine, fair maid, A weary lot is thine! To pull the thorn thy brow to braid, And […]

Datur Hora Quieti

The sun upon the lake is low, The wild birds hush their song, The hills have evening’s deepest glow, Yet […]

To a Lock of Hair

Thy hue, dear pledge, is pure and bright As in that well – remember’d night When first thy mystic braid […]

Patriotism 01 Innominatus

BREATHES there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, ‘This is my own, my native […]

Bonny Dundee

To the Lords of Convention ’twas Claver’se who spoke. ‘Ere the King’s crown shall fall there are crowns to be […]

Lucy Ashton’s Song

Look not thou on beauty’s charming; Sit thou still when kings are arming; Taste not when the wine-cup glistens; Speak […]


He is gone on the mountain, He is lost to the forest, Like a summer-dried fountain, When our need was […]

Brignall Banks

O, Brignall banks are wild and fair, And Greta woods are green, And you may gather garlands there, Would grace […]

The Truth of Woman

Woman’s faith, and woman’s trust – Write the characters in the dust; Stamp them on the running stream, Print them […]

Harp of the North, Farewell!

Harp of the North, farewell! The hills grow dark, On purple peaks a deeper shade descending; In twilight copse the […]

Border Ballad

March, march, Ettrick and Teviotdale, Why the deil dinna ye march forward in order! March, march, Eskdale and Liddesdale, All […]

Eleu Loro

Where shall the lover rest Whom the fates sever From his true maiden’s breast Parted for ever? Where, through groves […]


O listen, listen, ladies gay! No haughty feat of arms I tell; Soft is the note, and sad the lay […]

Hunter’s Song

The toils are pitched, and the stakes are set, Ever sing merrily, merrily; The bows they bend, and the knives […]

A Serenade

Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh The sun has left the lea, The orange-flower perfumes the bower, The breeze […]