Sweet smells the birk: green grows, green grows the grass,
Yellow on Yarrow's banks the gowan,
Fair hangs the apple fraie the rock,
Sweet the wave of Yarrow flowan.
Flows Yarrow sweet? As sweet, as sweet flows Tweed!
As green its grass, its gowan yellow;
As sweet smells, on its braes, the birk;
The apple frae the rock as mellow.
William Hamilton of Bangour (1704 - 1754) Scotland
Source: A Puffin Book of Verse, compiled by Eleanor Graham, Penguin, 1953