Complete Poems and Songs of Robert
Raving Winds Around Her Blowing
tune-"M'Grigor of Roro's Lament."
I composed these verses on Miss Isabella M'Leod of Raza, alluding
feelings on the death of her sister, and the still more melancholy
her sister's husband, the late Earl of Loudoun, who shot himself
out of sheer
heart-break at some mortifications he suffered, owing to the deranged
of his finances.-R.B., 1971.
Raving winds around her blowing,
Yellow leaves the woodlands strowing,
By a river hoarsely roaring,
Isabella stray'd deploring-
"Farewell, hours that late did measure
Sunshine days of joy and pleasure;
Hail, thou gloomy night of sorrow,
Cheerless night that knows no morrow!
"O'er the past too fondly wandering,
On the hopeless future pondering;
Chilly grief my life-blood freezes,
Fell despair my fancy seizes.
"Life, thou soul of every blessing,
Load to misery most distressing,
Gladly how wouldlI resign thee,
And to dark oblivion join thee!"
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