Allan Cunningham Poems
- The Spring Of The Year GONE were but the winter cold, ...
- Sea Song A wet sheet and a flowing sea, A wind that follows ...
- The Sun Rises Bright In France THE sun rises bright in ...
- Last Words Gane were but the winter cauld, And gane were but...
- Hame, Hame, Hame HAME, hame, hame, O hame fain wad I be-- O...
a Scottish poet and author.
He was born at Keir, near Dalswinton, Dumfriesshire, and first worked as a stone mason's apprentice. His father was a neighbour of Robert Burns at Ellisland, and Allan with his brother James visited James Hogg, the "Ettrick shepherd", who became a friend to both. Cunninghams other brothers were the naval surgeon Peter Miller Cunningham (1789–1864) and the poet, Thomas Mounsey Cunningham (1776–1834).
Cunningham was apprenticed to a stonemason, but gave his leisure to reading and writing imitations of old Scottish ballads. Cunningham contributed some songs to Roche's Literary Recreations in 1807, and in 1809 he collected old ballads ... more »
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The Spring Of The Year
GONE were but the winter cold,
And gone were but the snow,
I could sleep in the wild woods
Where primroses blow.
Cold 's the snow at my head,
And cold at my feet;
And the finger of death 's at my e'en,
Closing them to sleep.
Let none tell my father
Or my mother so dear,--
I'll meet them both in heaven
At the spring of the year.