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

Loch Achray

Loch Achray

By Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

(From The Lady of the Lake)

THE MINSTREL came once more to view

The eastern ridge of Benvenue,

For ere he parted, he would say

Farewell to lovely Loch Achray,—

Where shall he find, in foreign land,

So lone a lake, so sweet a strand!—

There is no breeze upon the fern,

No ripple on the lake,

Upon her eyry nods the erne,

The deer has sought the brake;

The small birds will not sing aloud,

The springing trout lies still,

So darkly glooms yon thunder-cloud,

That swathes, as with a purple shroud,

Benledi’s distant hill.