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John Greenleaf Whittier (1807–1892). The Poetical Works in Four Volumes. 1892.

Narrative and Legendary Poems

The Well of Loch Maree

  • Pennant, in his Voyage to the Hebrides, describes the holy well of Loch Maree, the waters of which were supposed to effect a miraculous cure of melancholy, trouble, and insanity.

  • CALM on the breast of Loch Maree

    A little isle reposes;

    A shadow woven of the oak

    And willow o’er it closes.

    Within, a Druid’s mound is seen,

    Set round with stony warders;

    A fountain, gushing through the turf,

    Flows o’er its grassy borders.

    And whoso bathes therein his brow,

    With care or madness burning,

    Feels once again his healthful thought

    And sense of peace returning.

    O restless heart and fevered brain,

    Unquiet and unstable,

    That holy well of Loch Maree

    Is more than idle fable!

    Life’s changes vex, its discords stun,

    Its glaring sunshine blindeth,

    And blest is he who on his way

    That fount of healing findeth!

    The shadows of a humbled will

    And contrite heart are o’er it;

    Go read its legend, “TRUST IN GOD,”

    On Faith’s white stones before it.