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    Streams That Glide In Orient Plains

    by Robert Burns
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    [We owe these verses to the too brief visit which the poet, in 1787,
    made to Gordon Castle: he was hurried away, much against his will, by
    his moody and obstinate friend William Nicol.]


    Streams that glide in orient plains,
    Never bound by winter's chains;
    Glowing here on golden sands,
    There commix'd with foulest stains
    From tyranny's empurpled bands;
    These, their richly gleaming waves,
    I leave to tyrants and their slaves;
    Give me the stream that sweetly laves
    The banks by Castle-Gordon.


    Spicy forests, ever gay,
    Shading from the burning ray,
    Hapless wretches sold to toil,
    Or the ruthless native's way,
    Bent on slaughter, blood, and spoil:
    Woods that ever verdant wave,
    I leave the tyrant and the slave,
    Give me the groves that lofty brave
    The storms by Castle-Gordon.


    Wildly here without control,
    Nature reigns and rules the whole;
    In that sober pensive mood,
    Dearest to the feeling soul,
    She plants the forest, pours the flood;
    Life's poor day I'll musing rave,
    And find at night a sheltering cave,
    Where waters flow and wild woods wave,
    By bonnie Castle-Gordon.
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