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Poem Title:  A Boys Song

Poem Category:  Scottish

Poet:  James Hogg

Poet Biography: 
James Hogg (1770 - 1835) was a Scottish poet and novelist who wrote in both Scots and English. Born on a farm near Ettrick Forest in Selkirkshire and baptized there on December 9. He had little education, and became a shepherd, living in grinding poverty hence his nickname, "The Ettrick Shepherd". Adopted from Wikipedia



Poem: 
Where the pools are bright and deep,
Where the grey trout lies asleep,
Up the river and over the lea,
That's the way for Billy and me.

Where the blackbird sings the latest,
Where the hawthorn blooms the sweetest,
Where the nestlings chirp and flee,
That's the way for Billy and me.

Where the mowers mow the cleanest,
Where the hay lies thick and greenest,
There to track the homeward bee,
That's the way for Billy and me.

Where the hazel bank is steepest,
Where the shadow falls the deepest,
Where the clustering nuts fall free,
That's the way for Billy and me.

Why the boys should drive away
Little sweet maidens from their play,
Or love to banter and fight so well,
That's the thing I never could tell.

But this I know, I love to play
Through the meadow, among the hay;
Up the water and over the lea,
That's the way for Billy and me.


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