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

Ochil Hills

Where, Braving Angry Winter’s Storms

By Robert Burns (1759–1796)

WHERE, braving angry winter’s storms,

The lofty Ochils rise,

Far in their shade my Peggy’s charms

First blest my wondering eyes;

As one who by some savage stream

A lonely gem surveys,

Astonished, doubly marks its beam,

With art’s most polished blaze.

Blest be the wild, sequestered shade,

And blest the day and hour,

Where Peggy’s charms I first surveyed,

When first I felt their power!

The tyrant Death, with grim control,

May seize my fleeting breath;

But tearing Peggy from my soul

Must be a stronger death.