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Short poem

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)

Sing me a Song of a Lad that is Gone

              1Sing me a song of a lad that is gone,
              2    Say, could that lad be I?
              3Merry of soul he sailed on a day
              4    Over the sea to Skye.

              5Mull was astern, Rum on the port,
              6    Eigg on the starboard bow;
              7Glory of youth glowed in his soul;
              8    Where is that glory now?

              9Sing me a song of a lad that is gone,
            10    Say, could that lad be I?
            11Merry of soul he sailed on a day
            12    Over the sea to Skye.

            13Give me again all that was there,
            14    Give me the sun that shone!
            15Give me the eyes, give me the soul,
            16    Give me the lad that's gone!

            17Sing me a song of a lad that is gone,
            18    Say, could that lad be I?
            19Merry of soul he sailed on a day
            20    Over the sea to Skye.

            21Billow and breeze, islands and seas,
            22    Mountains of rain and sun,
            23All that was good, all that was fair,
            24    All that was me is gone.


4] Skye: one of the inner Hebrides, islands off Scotland.

5] Mull and Rum are islands near Skye. Mull is also mulled (spicy, sweetened, heated) wine.

6] Eigg: island near Skye.

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: Robert Louis Stevenson, Songs of Travel (London: Chatto & Windus, 1896). end S749 S65 1896 Fisher Rare Book Library
First publication date: 1895
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/7/11*1:2003/7/14

Rhyme: abcb

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