Bonny lass of Calder Braes (1)/Mary, Queen of Scotland's Farewel to Calais

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Bonny lass of Calder Braes  (1820) 
Mary, Queen of Scotland's Farewel to Calais

Farewel to Calais.

Farewell, sweet seat of innocence & mirth,
Where first my breast to youthful joys beat true:
O France! thou dearest region of the earth
And you, my early blissful days, adieu!

The bark that seems to bear me thus away.
Yet peans of me, poor exile, but a part;
In thy lov’d haunts, where I was wont to stray,
I've left the prime affections of my heart.

These still are thine, nor am I quite bereft,
If but with these thy fostering smiles agree;
For still recurring to its pledges left.
My sympathizing soul shall tend to thee.


This work was published before January 1, 1927, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.