Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII. 1876–79.

Cadzow Castle


By Henry Glassford Bell (1803–1874)

THE BIRDS are singing by Avon Bridge,

The sky is blue o’er Chatelrault,

And all through Cadzow’s wooded glades

The softest airs of summer blow.

O birds that sing by Avon Bridge,

Why should your notes so richly flow?

O tranquil sky of cloudless blue,

Why shine so bright o’er Chatelrault?

O Avon! rolling gently down,

Why keep’st thou that old tuneful tone?

Where is the voice so soft and low

Whose music echoed back thy own?

O Cadzow! why this rustling pomp

Of leafy boughs that wave so high?

Where is the light that gleamed through all

Thy shadowy paths in days gone by?

O summer airs! why thus recall

The sweeter breath, that seemed to bring

The balmy dews of southern skies,

And all the roses of the spring!