On Scaring Some Water-fowl In Loch-turit. Poem Rhyme Scheme and Analysis


Why ye tenants of the lakeA
For me your wat'ry haunt forsakeA
Tell me fellow creatures whyB
At my presence thus you flyB
Why disturb your social joysC
Parent filial kindred tiesD
Common friend to you and meE
Nature's gifts to all are freeE
Peaceful keep your dimpling waveF
Busy feed or wanton laveF
Or beneath the sheltering rockG
Bide the surging billow's shockG
Conscious blushing for our raceH
Soon too soon your fears I traceH
Man your proud usurping foeI
Would be lord of all belowI
Plumes himself in Freedom's prideJ
Tyrant stern to all besideJ
The eagle from the cliffy browK
Marking you his prey belowI
In his breast no pity dwellsL
Strong necessity compelsL
But man to whom alone is giv'nM
A ray direct from pitying heav'nM
Glories in his heart humaneM
And creatures for his pleasure slainM
In these savage liquid plainsN
Only known to wand'ring swainsN
Where the mossy riv'let straysN
Far from human haunts and waysN
All on Nature you dependO
And life's poor season peaceful spendO
Or if man's superior mightP
Dare invade your native rightP
On the lofty ether borneM
Man with all his pow'rs you scornM
Swiftly seek on clanging wingsN
Other lakes and other springsN
And the foe you cannot braveF
Scorn at least to be his slaveF

Robert Burns


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