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

Ross Dhu

To Ross Dhu

By James Cochrane

OFT when a stripling thy sequestered coves,

Ross Dhu! have I stole into with my shallop,

And, dashing quickly on, put to the gallop

The browsing kine within thy oaken groves;

My feelings much akin to his who roves

Some new-discovered isle, at every sound,

Real or imagined, starting, as behoves

The boy who ventures on forbidden ground.

Unchallenged now I pass, but feel no more

Those exquisite delights I felt of yore,

When foresters and keepers in my sight

Were very satyrs, whom I sought to fly,

Yet wished to see; for danger is delight,

And fear is one great element of joy!