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Beautiful Balmerino

 Beautiful Balmermo on the bonnie banks of Tay,
It's a very bonnie spot in the months of June or May;
The scenery there is charming and fascinating to see,
Especially the surroundings of the old Abbey, 

Which is situated in the midst of trees on a rugged hill,
Which visitors can view at their own free will;
And the trees and shrubberies are lovely to view,
Especially the trees on each side of the avenue 

Which leads up to the Abbey amongst the trees;
And in the summer time it's frequented with bees,
And also crows with their unmusical cry,
Which is a great annoyance to the villagers that live near by.
And there in the summer season the mavis sings, And with her charming notes the woodland rings; And the sweet-scented zephyrs is borne upon the gale, Which is most refreshing and invigorating to inhale.
Then there's the stately Castle of Balmerino Situated in the midst of trees, a magnificent show, And bordering on the banks o' the silvery Tay, Where visitors can spend a happy holiday.
As they view the castle and scenery around It will help to cheer their spirits I'll be bound; And if they wish to view Wormit Bay They can walk along the braes o' the silvery Tay.

by William Topaz McGonagall
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