English Poems Index
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?"
"0, 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 armed men,
Their trampling sounded nearer.
"0 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! - 0 my daughter!"
'Twas vain: the loud waves lash'd the shore,
Return or aid preventing:
The water wild went o'er his child,
And he was left lamenting.
By Thomas Campbell
About The Poet :
Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) was born 27th July 1777, in High Street, Glasgow, Scotland. He is chiefly remembered for his sentimental poetry dealing specially with human affairs. He was also one of the initiators of a plan to found what became the University of London. In 1799, he wrote The Pleasures of Hope, a traditional 18th century survey in heroic couplets. He also produced several stirring patriotic war songs - Ye Mariners of England, The Soldier's Dream, Hohen Linden and in 1801, The Battle of the Baltic.
Words to Know :
Tarry : linger, dally
Isle : an island
Glen : a deep narrow valley, especially in the mountains of Scotland.
Heather : low, spreading plant with woody stems, small spiky leaves and purple, pink or white flowers.
Bonny : lovely, attractive
Wight : valiant, skilled in fighting
Winsome : pleasing because of a childlike charm & innocence
Raging : angry, infuriated
Apace : quickly
Wraith : ghost, spectre, spirit
Scowl : frown; black, dirty look
Adown : (archaic) coming down
Trampling : stamping, treading, walking over
Prevailing : conquering, overcoming
Wrath : anger, exasperation
Wailing : lamenting, crying, bemoaning
Sore : in pain, distressed, pained
Dismayed : disconcerted, shocked, disturbed
Vain : futile, useless, to no avail
Lashed : beat against, pounded, dashed against
Lamenting : wailing, moaning, sobbing