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


The Bard’s Incantation

By Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

THE FOREST of Glenmore is drear,

It is all of black pine and the dark oak-tree;

And the midnight wind to the mountain deer

Is whistling the forest lullaby;

The moon looks through the drifting storm,

But the troubled lake reflects not her form,

For the waves roll whitening to the land,

And dash against the shelvy strand.

There is a voice among the trees

That mingles with the groaning oak,

That mingles with the stormy breeze,

And the lake-waves dashing against the rock:

There is a voice within the wood,

The voice of the bard in fitful mood;

His song was louder than the blast,

As the bard of Glenmore through the forest passed.