A Farewell to Glenarbach

Arthur Henry Hallam

When grief is felt along the blood,
And checks the breath with sighs unsought,
'Tis then that Memory's power is wooed
To sooth by ancient forms of thought.
It is not much, yet in that day
Will seem a gladsome wakening;
And such to me, in joy's decay,
The memory of the Roebuck Glen.

Nor less, when fancies have their bent,
And eager passion sweeps the mind;
'Twill bless to catch a calm content
From happy moment far behind.
Oh, it is of a heavenly brood
That chastening recollection!
And such to me, in joyous mood,
The memory of the Roebuck Glen.

I grieve to quit this lime-tree walk,
The Clyde, the Leven's milder blue
To lose; yon craigs that nest the hawk
Will soar no longer in my view.
Yet of themselves small power to move
Have they : their light 's a borrowed thing
Won from her eyes, for whom I love
The memory of the Roebuck Glen.

Oh, dear to nature, not in vain
The mountain winds have breathed on thee!
Mild virtues of a noble strain.
And beauty making pure and free.
Pass to thee from the silent hills:
And hence, where'er thy sojourning.
Thine eye with gentle weeping fills
At memory of the Roebuck Glen.

Thou speedest to the sunny shore.
Where first thy presence on me shone;
Alas! I know not whether more
These eyes shall claim thee as their own
But should a kindly star prevail.
And should we meet far hence again,
How sweet in other lands to hail
The memory of the Roebuck Glen.

Oh, when the thought comes o'er my heart
Of happy meetings yet to be,
The very feeling that thou art
Is deep as that of life to me;
Yet should sad instinct in my breast
Speak true, and darker chance obtain.
Bless with one tear my final rest,
One memory from the Roebuck Glen.

July 1829

Glenarbach in Dumbartonshire lay in a wood beside the River Clyde, near Glasgow. Glenarbach was the house of some friends of Arthur Hallam. He stayed with them in the summer of 1829.

Author's note: Glenarbach means The Glen of the Roebuck.

Main Location:

Glenarbach, West Dumbartonshire, Scotland

Other locations:

River Clyde in the vicinity of Glenarbach - near Glasgow, Scotland.