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

Devon, the River

Sing on, Fairy Devon

By John Crawford (1816–1873)

SING on, fairy Devon,

’Mong gardens and bowers,

Where love’s feast lies spread

In an Eden o’ flowers.

What visions o’ beauty

My mind has possessed,

In thy gowany dell

Where a seraph might rest.

Sing on, lovely river,

To hillock and tree

A lay o’ the loves

O’ my Jessie an’ me;

For nae angel lightin’,

A posie to pu’,

Can match the fair form

O’ the lassie I lo’e.

Sweet river, dear river,

Sing on in your glee,

In thy pure breast the mind

O’ my Jessie I see.

How aft ha’e I wandered,

As gray gloamin’ fell,

Rare dreamins o’ heaven

My lassie to tell.

Sing on, lovely Devon,

The sang that ye sung

When earth in her beauty

Frae night’s bosom sprung,

For lanesome and eerie

This warld aye would be

Did clouds ever fa’

Atween Jessie and me.