'Breathes there the man'

'Breathes there the man'
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, 
Who never to himself hath said, 
    This is my own, my native land! 
Whose heart hath ne'er within him burn'd, 
As home his footsteps he hath turn'd, 
    From wandering on a foreign strand! 
If such there breathe, go, mark him well; 
For him no Minstrel raptures swell; 
High though his titles, proud his name, 
Boundless his wealth as wish can claim; 
Despite those titles, power, and pelf, 
The wretch, concentred all in self, 
Living, shall forfeit fair renown, 
And, doubly dying, shall go down 
To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, 
Unwept, unhonour'd, and unsung. 

O Caledonia! stern and wild, 
Meet nurse for a poetic child! 
Land of brown heath and shaggy wood, 
Land of the mountain and the flood, 
Land of my sires! what mortal hand 
Can e'er untie the filial band, 
That knits me to thy rugged strand! 
Still as I view each well-known scene, 
Think what is now, and what hath been, 
Seems as, to me of all bereft, 
Sole friends thy woods and streams were left; 
And thus I love them better still, 
Even in extremity of ill. 
By Yarrow's streams still let me stray, 
Though none should guide my feeble way; 
Still feel the breeze down Ettrick break, 
Although it chill my wither'd cheek; 
Still lay my head by Teviot Stone, 
Though there, forgotten and alone, 
The Bard may draw his parting groan. 
Sir Walter Scott

from 'The Lay of the Last Minstrel', Canto sixth

Sir Walter Scott

Though best known now as the author of The Waverley Novels, Sir Walter Scott's first love and earliest success was as a poet.

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