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Short poem

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

County Guy

              1  Ah! County Guy, the hour is nigh,
              2    The sun has left the lea,
              3The orange flower perfumes the bower,
              4    The breeze is on the sea.
              5The lark his lay who thrill'd all day
              6    Sits hush'd his partner nigh:
              7Breeze, bird, and flower confess the hour,
              8    But where is County Guy?

              9  The village maid steals through the shade,
            10    Her shepherd's suit to hear;
            11To beauty shy, by lattice high,
            12    Sings high-born Cavalier.
            13The star of Love, all stars above
            14    Now reigns o'er earth and sky;
            15And high and low the influence know--
            16    But where is County Guy?

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Sir Walter Scott, Quentin Durward (Edinburgh: Constable, 1823): Chapter 4. PR 5321 A1 1823 ROBA.
First publication date: 1823
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.142.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: abcbdefe

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