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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
430. Eleu Loro
 
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
 
WHERE shall the lover rest
  Whom the fates sever
From his true maiden’s breast
  Parted for ever?
Where, through groves deep and high        5
  Sounds the far billow,
Where early violets die
  Under the willow.
    Eleu loro
  Soft shall be his pillow.        10
 
There through the summer day
  Cool streams are laving:
There, while the tempests sway,
  Scarce are boughs waving;
There thy rest shalt thou take,        15
  Parted for ever,
Never again to wake
  Never, O never!
    Eleu loro
  Never, O never!        20
 
Where shall the traitor rest,
  He, the deceiver,
Who could win maiden’s breast,
  Ruin, and leave her?
In the lost battle,        25
  Borne down by the flying,
Where mingles war’s rattle
  With groans of the dying;
    Eleu loro
  There shall he be lying.        30
 
Her wing shall the eagle flap
  O’er the falsehearted;
His warm blood the wolf shall lap
  Ere life be parted.
Shame and dishonour sit        35
  By his grave ever;
Blessing shall hallow it
  Never, O never!
    Eleu loro
  Never, O never!        40
 

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