poet Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell

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Lord Ullin's Daughter

A chieftain, to the Highlands bound,
Cries, ``Boatman, do not tarry!
And I'll give thee a silver pound
To row us o'er the ferry!''--

``Now, who be ye, would cross Lochgyle,
This dark and stormy weather?''
``O, I'm the chief of Ulva's isle,
And this, Lord Ullin's daughter.--

``And fast before her father's men
Three days we've fled together,
For should he find us in the glen,
My blood would stain the heather.

``His horsemen hard behind us ride;
Should they our steps discover,
Then who will cheer my bonny bride
When they have slain her lover?''--

Out spoke the hardy Highland wight,--
``I'll go, my chief--I'm ready:--
It is not for your silver bright;
But for your winsome lady:

``And by my word! the bonny bird
In danger shall not tarry;
So, though the waves are raging white,
I'll row you o'er the ferry.''--

By this the storm grew loud apace,
The water-wraith was shrieking;
And in the scowl of heaven each face
Grew dark as they were speaking.

But still as wilder blew the wind,
And as the night grew drearer,
Adown the glen rode armèd men,
Their trampling sounded nearer.--

``O haste thee, haste!'' the lady cries,
``Though tempests round us gather;
I'll meet the raging of the skies,
But not an angry father.''--

The boat has left a stormy land,
A stormy sea before her,--
When, O! too strong for human hand,
The tempest gather'd o'er her.

And still they row'd amidst the roar
Of waters fast prevailing:
Lord Ullin reach'd that fatal shore,--
His wrath was changed to wailing.

For, sore dismay'd through storm and shade,
His child he did discover:--
One lovely hand she stretch'd for aid,
And one was round her lover.

``Come back! come back!'' he cried in grief
``Across this stormy water:
And I'll forgive your Highland chief,
My daughter!--O my daughter!''

'Twas vain: the loud waves lash'd the shore,
Return or aid preventing:
The waters wild went o'er his child,
And he was left lamenting.

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Donnette Strickland- Nurse (10/26/2019 3:51:00 PM)

    Memorized this poem over 60 yrs ago and the power of the story has remained with me. I even now can recite it to the surprise of my friends and those who would listen.

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  • Cyrilla Gemon (5/17/2019 11:38:00 PM)

    I also learnt this beautiful poem over 50 years ago. It was my favourite. I recited it at m any occasions. still gives me goosebumps.

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  • errol stewart (12/9/2018 9:46:00 AM)

    learnt this poem in elementary school 60 years ago still remember the first three verses

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  • Margaret palmer-brown (4/23/2018 2:36:00 PM)

    Learned this poem at primary school in Glasgow seventy years ago and never forgot it. Love poetry

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  • wayne yates (12/10/2017 9:43:00 PM)

    memorized this in 1960 cathedral john cannon school for boys, class 5a Bombay Indiia. What a story

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/24/2016 4:16:00 AM)

    Mind blowing poem with fantastic sweep of imagery and most touching sentiments of the father lamenting over his daughters being washed away by waves in stormy night while eloping with her lover.

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  • Shirley Mcgowan (2/9/2014 6:04:00 AM)

    I learnt this poem by heart to recite on my primary school stage at one end of term event.. Unfortunately the audience included very noisy young children so no one could hear me. I was so disappointed that I cried my heart out afterwards. I was 9 years old at the time - and have never forgotten the humiliation!

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  • Rajive Lall (8/21/2013 11:29:00 AM)

    Poignant; very poignant.breathtaking sweep of imagery. Brilliant.

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  • Rahul Dawson (10/7/2012 8:51:00 AM)

    a lovely poem which won me zonal level and i wish district or state.....
    thomas campbell

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  • Vinitha Simon (11/9/2009 3:36:00 PM)

    One of my favorite peoms. I first learnt this poem 12 years back, and I still recite this poem occasionally... the imagery is very vivid, and one can impulsively replay everything....

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  • Aksita Abcdef (10/26/2009 7:02:00 AM)

    a fantastic poem touches your heart wish it had a happy ending but then i probably wouldnt gave liked it so much great love poem must read it

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  • Aiswarya. T.anishAiswarya. T.anish (4/18/2009 10:27:00 AM)

    I LOVE this poem....But the ending is so sad. Everytime I read this poem, tears swell upon my face. This poem is one of my favorite. I first read it two years ago and kept a copy of it. Unfortunately, I lost it. Now, I'm really happy that I found it again.

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  • Shreyans Jain (10/11/2008 2:39:00 AM)

    a good one but can't find summary of this poem

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  • Nia Riz (6/24/2008 7:21:00 AM)

    I LOVE IT! ! ! .....i read it about 10 times. and i am still reading it.....caught my heart! !

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