Alexander McLachlan

O LOVELY Elora! thy valley and stream
Still dwell in my heart like a beautiful dream;
And everything peaceful and gentle I see
Brings back to my bosom some image of thee.
I've roamed this Dominion allured by the beam
Of wild woodland beauty by valley and stream;
From lone Manitoulin all down to the sea;
But found not a spot, sweet Elora, like thee.

There's lone rocky grandeur away at the Sound,
And down the St. Lawrence wild beauties abound;
Quebec, towering proudly, looks down on the sea,
And lone Gananoque, there's beauty in thee;
And Barrie, the lady that sits by the lake,
Oh, would I could sing a sweet song for her sake!
But here in thy beauty a-listening the fall,
O lovely Elora! thou 'rt queen of them all.

If friends should forsake me, or fortune depart,
Or love fly and leave a great void in my heart,
Oh, then in my sorrow away I would flee
And hide from misfortune, Elora, in thee.
Away from the world, with its falsehood and pride,
In yon lowly cot where the smooth waters glide,
I'd with Nature commune till death set me free,
And rest then forever, Elora, in thee.

Main Location:

Elora, ON N0B, Canada