Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO THE ALLANDER, by ROBERT TENNANT

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TO THE ALLANDER, by            
First Line: O sweetly flows the allander, a mossy, winding stream
Last Line: Along the banks of allander, for one bright summer day.
Subject(s): Rivers

O SWEETLY flows the Allander, a mossy, winding stream.
The dewdrops on its grassy banks shine bright in morning's beam;
The wee wild flow'rs in beauty there in rich profusion grow,
In sunny spots and shady nooks, when summer breezes blow.

How sweet to roam by Allander, to breathe the balmy air,
When cloudless are the summer skies, and woods and fields are fair;
To see the skylark soaring high, and chanting on the wing,
While in you woods near Calder Kirk the wild birds sweetly sing.

A ramble by the Allander can give a joy to me,
Unfelt by those who travel far, famed foreign lands to see:
A few miles from the smoky town a son of toil may find,
By wood and stream those blissful joys that cheer the heart and mind.

Flow on, flow on, sweet Allander, to Kelvin's classic stream;
While toiling in the busy town, of thee I'll fondly dream,
And I would seek no greater bliss than liberty to stray,
Along the banks of Allander, for one bright summer day.

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