Thomas Campbell

(1777-1844 / Glasgow / Scotland)

Lord Ullin's Daughter


A chieftain, to the Highlands bound,
Cries, ``Boatman, do not tarry!
And I'll give thee a silver pound
To row us o'er the ferry!''--

``Now, who be ye, would cross Lochgyle,
This dark and stormy weather?''
``O, I'm the chief of Ulva's isle,
And this, Lord Ullin's daughter.--

``And fast before her father's men
Three days we've fled together,
For should he find us in the glen,
My blood would stain the heather.

``His horsemen hard behind us ride;
Should they our steps discover,
Then who will cheer my bonny bride
When they have slain her lover?''--

Out spoke the hardy Highland wight,--
``I'll go, my chief--I'm ready:--
It is not for your silver bright;
But for your winsome lady:

``And by my word! the bonny bird
In danger shall not tarry;
So, though the waves are raging white,
I'll row you o'er the ferry.''--

By this the storm grew loud apace,
The water-wraith was shrieking;
And in the scowl of heaven each face
Grew dark as they were speaking.

But still as wilder blew the wind,
And as the night grew drearer,
Adown the glen rode armèd men,
Their trampling sounded nearer.--

``O haste thee, haste!'' the lady cries,
``Though tempests round us gather;
I'll meet the raging of the skies,
But not an angry father.''--

The boat has left a stormy land,
A stormy sea before her,--
When, O! too strong for human hand,
The tempest gather'd o'er her.

And still they row'd amidst the roar
Of waters fast prevailing:
Lord Ullin reach'd that fatal shore,--
His wrath was changed to wailing.

For, sore dismay'd through storm and shade,
His child he did discover:--
One lovely hand she stretch'd for aid,
And one was round her lover.

``Come back! come back!'' he cried in grief
``Across this stormy water:
And I'll forgive your Highland chief,
My daughter!--O my daughter!''

'Twas vain: the loud waves lash'd the shore,
Return or aid preventing:
The waters wild went o'er his child,
And he was left lamenting.

Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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  • Shirley Mcgowan (2/9/2014 6:04:00 AM)

    I learnt this poem by heart to recite on my primary school stage at one end of term event.. Unfortunately the audience included very noisy young children so no one could hear me. I was so disappointed that I cried my heart out afterwards. I was 9 years old at the time - and have never forgotten the humiliation! (Report) Reply

  • Rahul Dawson (10/7/2012 8:51:00 AM)

    a lovely poem which won me zonal level and i wish district or state.....
    thanxxxx
    thomas campbell (Report) Reply

  • Enn Kay (8/10/2011 10:07:00 AM)

    This is one of my favourites... And my most favourite love poem after those of Shakespeare. One'd just love it! (Report) Reply

  • Vinitha Simon (11/9/2009 3:36:00 PM)

    One of my favorite peoms. I first learnt this poem 12 years back, and I still recite this poem occasionally... the imagery is very vivid, and one can impulsively replay everything.... (Report) Reply

  • Aksita Abcdef (10/26/2009 7:02:00 AM)

    a fantastic poem touches your heart wish it had a happy ending but then i probably wouldnt gave liked it so much great love poem must read it (Report) Reply

  • Aiswarya. T.anish (4/18/2009 10:27:00 AM)

    I LOVE this poem....But the ending is so sad. Everytime I read this poem, tears swell upon my face. This poem is one of my favorite. I first read it two years ago and kept a copy of it. Unfortunately, I lost it. Now, I'm really happy that I found it again. (Report) Reply

  • Nia Riz (6/24/2008 7:21:00 AM)

    I LOVE IT! ! ! .....i read it about 10 times. and i am still reading it.....caught my heart! ! (Report) Reply

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