View Full Version : Lochnagar by Lord Byron

14-Oct-06, 12:16
Away Ye gay landscapes, ye garden of roses!
In you let the minions of luxury rove;
Restore me the rocks where the snowflake reposes,
Though still they are sacred to freedom and love.
Yet, Caledonia, beloved are my mountains,
Round their white summits though elements war;
Though cataracts foam 'stead of smooth-flowing fountains,
I sigh for the valley of dark Loch na Garr.

Ah! there my young footsteps in infancy wandered
My cap was the bonnet my cloak was the plaid,
On chieftains long perished my memory pondered,
As daily I strode through the pine-covered glade.
I sought not my home till the day's dying glory
Gave place to the rays of the bright polar star
For fancy was cheered by traditional story,
Disclosed by the natives of dark Loch na Garr.

'Shades of the dead' have I not heard your voices
Rise on the night-rolling breath of the gale?
Surely the soul of the hero rejoices,
And rides on the wind, o'er his own Highland vale.
Round Loch na Garr while the stormy mist gathers,
Winter presides in his cold icy car:
Clouds there encircle the forms of my fathers;
They dwell in the tempests of dark Loch na Garr

'Ill-starred, though no visions foreboding
Tell you that fate had foresaken your cause?'
Ah! Were you destined to die at Culloden,
Victory crowned not your fall with applause;
Still were you happy in death's earthy slumber
You rest with your clan in the caves of Braemar,
The pibroch resounds, to the piper's loud number,
Your deeds on the echoes of dark Loch na Garr.

Years have rolled on
Garr, since I left you,
Years must elapse ere I tread you again.
Nature of verdure and flowers has bereft you
Yet still are you dearer than Albion's plain.
England! Thy beauties are tame and domestic
To one who has roved o'er mountains afar,
Oh for the crags that are wild and majestic!
The steep frowning glories of dark Loch na Garr !

14-Oct-06, 12:51
I don't remember that one for some reason so glad to see it. However, it must be a different Lochnagar from the one where Prince Charles Old Man lived?

14-Oct-06, 14:32
It has been set to music and the late Calum Kennedy was famous for singing it.

14-Oct-06, 14:34
It has been set to music and the late Calum Kennedy was famous for singing it.
Thanks for that Ann. Something you liked?

14-Oct-06, 14:37
Not particularly my cup of tea; Calum's singing did not really appeal to me although I acknowledge his popularity.

14-Oct-06, 14:39
I'd not heard the name till a few days ago when a neighbour mentioned him. I'm not one for singing, preferring instrumental stuff myself.