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Short poem

Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

MacGregor's Gathering

              1  The moon's on the lake, and the mist's on the brae,
              2And the Clan has a name that is nameless by day;
              3      Then gather, gather, gather, Grigalach!
              4      Gather, gather, gather, &c.

              5  Our signal for fight, that from monarchs we drew,
              6Must be heard but by night in our vengeful haloo!
              7      Then haloo, Grigalach! haloo, Grigalach!
              8      Haloo, haloo, haloo, Grigalach, &c.

              9  Glen Orchy's proud mountains, Coalchuirn and her towers,
            10Glenstrae and Glenlyon no longer are ours;
            11      We're landless, landless, landless, Grigalach!
            12      Landless, landless, landless, &c.

            13  But doom'd and devoted by vassal and lord.
            14MacGregor has still both his heart and his sword!
            15      Then courage, courage, courage, Grigalach!
            16      Courage, courage, courage, &c.

            17  If they rob us of name, and pursue us with beagles,
            18Give their roofs to the flame, and their flesh to the eagles!
            19      Then vengeance, vengeance, vengeance, Grigalach!
            20      Vengeance, vengeance, vengeance, &c.

            21  While there's leaves in the forest, and foam on the river,
            22MacGregor, despite them, shall flourish for ever!
            23      Come then, Grigalach, come then, Grigalach,
            24      Come then, come then, come then, &c.

            25  Through the depths of Loch Katrine the steed shall career,
            26O'er the peak of Ben-Lomond the galley shall steer,
            27And the rocks of Craig-Royston like icicles melt,
            28Ere our wrongs be forgot, or our vengeance unfelt!
            29      Then gather, gather, gather, Grigalach!
            30      Gather, gather, gather, &c.

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: Alexander Campbell, Albyn's Anthology (Edinburgh: A. Constable, 1816). 4 vols. B-10 1474 Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1816
RPO poem editor: J. D. Robins
RP edition: 2RP 2.141.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: aa and refrain

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