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Poems Every Child Should Know by  Mary E. Burt

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GATHERING SONG OF DONALD DHU

Jon, do you remember when you used to spout "Pibroch of Donald Dhu"? I think you were ten years old. Sir Walter Scott's men all have a genius for standing up to their guns, and boys gather up the man's genius when reciting his verse. (1771-1832.)

Pibroch of Donuil Dhu,

Pibroch of Donuil,

Wake thy wild voice anew,

Summon Clan Conuil.

Come away, come away,

Hark to the summons!

Come in your war-array,

Gentles and commons.


Come from deep glen, and

From mountain so rocky,

The war-pipe and pennon

Are at Inverlochy.

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Come every hill-plaid, and

True heart that wears one,

Come every steel blade, and

Strong hand that bears one.


Leave untended the herd,

The flock without shelter;

Leave the corpse uninterr'd,

The bride at the altar;

Leave the deer, leave the steer,

Leave nets and barges:

Come with your fighting gear,

Broadswords and targes.


Come as the winds come, when

Forests are rended;

Come as the waves come, when

Navies are stranded:

Faster come, faster come,

Faster and faster,

Chief, vassal, page, and groom,

Tenant and master.


Fast they come, fast they come;

See how they gather!

Wide waves the eagle plume

Blended with heather,

Cast your plaids, draw your blades,

Forward each man set!

Pibroch of Donuil Dhu

Knell for the onset!


SIR WALTER SCOTT.


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