Evan MacColl Poems
- A Lover's Lament In vain do springtime's many charms ...
- Loch-Duich LooH-DuicH, hail ! Scene so all-resplendent! Were...
- The Child Of Promise She died — as die the roses On the ...
- Mairi Laghach Chorus.—Hey, my winsome Mary,— Mary fondly ...
- The Lake Of The Thousand Isles (For Music.) Though ...
Evan MacColl (1808-1898) was a Scots-Canadian Gaelic poet who also produced poems in English. He was known as the "Clarsair-nam-beann" or the Mountain Minstrel. Later he became known as "the Gaelic Bard of Canada".
Evan MacColl was born at Kenmore on the banks of Loch Fyne, Argyll and Bute, Scotland, on the September 21, 1808. His father was Dugald MacColl who was possessed of "the richest store of Celtic song of any man living in his part of the country." His mother, Mary Cameron, "was noted for her storehouse of traditional tales, legendary and fairy tales." She was also said to be something of an 'improvisatrice' or... more »
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A Lover's Lament
In vain do springtime's many charms essay
To chase the gloom in Aray's glen to-day ;
The strains that there once charmed my listening ear
Can ne'er again avail my heart to cheer.
When that fair star, so late my soul's delight,
Hath vanished, never more to cheer my sight,
'When my fond heart, sad-missing joy so brief,
Lies in the dust, enamoured of its grief,
When, for the couch she soon might reach, fove-led.
The grave becometh Jessie's bridal bed.
Well may the tears of friendship freely flow,
And life to me be an unending woe.
Insatiate Death ...