New poems and variant readings/Thou strainest through the mountain fern

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New poems and variant readings  (1918)  by Robert Louis Stevenson
Thou strainest through the mountain fern

THOU STRAINEST THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN FERN

(A Fragment)

Thou strainest through the mountain fern,
A most exiguously thin
Burn.
For all thy foam, for all thy din,
Thee shall the pallid lake inurn,
With well-a-day for Mr. Swin-
Burne!
Take then this quarto in thy fin
And, O thou stoker huge and stern,
The whole affair, outside and in,
Burn!
But save the true poetic kin,
The works of Mr. Robert Burn'
And William Wordsworth upon Tin-
Tern!