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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)

Pibroch of Donuil Dhu


              1  Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
              2    Pibroch of Donuil,
              3Wake thy wild voice anew,
              4    Summon Clan-Conuil.
              5Come away, come away,
              6    Hark to the summons!
              7Come in your war array,
              8    Gentles and commons.

              9  Come from deep glen and
            10    From mountain so rocky,
            11The war-pipe and pennon
            12    Are at Inverlochy.
            13Come every hill-plaid and
            14    True heart that wears one,
            15Come every steel blade and
            16    Strong hand that bears one.

            17  Leave untended the herd,
            18    The flock without shelter;
            19Leave the corpse uninterr'd,
            20    The bride at the altar;
            21Leave the deer, leave the steer,
            22    Leave nets and barges:
            23Come with your fighting gear,
            24    Broadswords and targes.

            25  Come as the winds come, when
            26    Forests are rended;
            27Come as the waves come, when
            28    Navies are stranded:
            29Faster come, faster come,
            30    Faster and faster,
            31Chief, vassal, page and groom,
            32    Tenant and master.

            33  Fast they come, fast they come;
            34    See how they gather!
            35Wide waves the eagle plume,
            36    Blended with heather.
            37Cast your plaids, draw your blades,
            38    Forward each man set!
            39Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,
            40    Knell for the onset!


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 2.140.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/3

Rhyme: ababcdcd


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