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

Tweed, the River

To the River Tweed

By William Lisle Bowles (1762–1850)

O TWEED! a stranger, that with wandering feet

O’er hill and dale has journeyed many a mile

(If so his weary thoughts he might beguile),

Delighted turns thy beauteous scenes to greet.

The waving branches that romantic bend

O’er thy tall banks, a soothing charm bestow;

The murmurs of thy wand’ring wave below

Seem to his ear the pity of a friend.

Delightful stream! though now along thy shore,

When spring returns in all her wonted pride,

The shepherd’s distant pipe is heard no more,

Yet here with pensive peace could I abide,

Far from the stormy world’s tumultuous roar,

To muse upon thy banks at eventide.