The Green Glens of Lothian, and Other Poems and Songs
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: ...waves and turned them into gold; While winding shore and sparkling bay, and isles so fair and green, Flushed with the glory of his light, shone like a fairy scene. High towering from her rocky throne in beauty and in might The grand old city of my birth rose full upon my sight; Her massy piles how dark and grim, huge, dense, and deep they lie, In many a strange fantastic shape ascending cleaves the sky. Her palaces how beautiful, where worth and beauty meet; Her noble halls, how goodly too, grave learning's choice retreat! While stately temple, sculptured fane, to sacred art a prize, Arch, dome, and spire, and monument in rare profusion rise. The memories of a thousand years encircle them around, And the weird and nameless glamour that haunts historic ground. Here sages, kings, and warriors, the mighty of their day, In counsel sat to shield the realm and keep the foe at bay; Here patriot strove with fiery zeal to guard the public good, And martyr battled for the truth and sealed it with his blood. And here romance and poesy still find a regal throne, A legend dwells in every house, a tale in every stone; The glory of her ancient days hath long since passed away, Her queenly powers and privileges have crumbled to decay, But still in arts, as once in arms, she stands without a peer, While genius, learning, liberty, still find a shelter here. And as I gazed in joy and pride, I saw as in a dream, The tide of centuries roll'd back and from the troubled stream With battled files, and martial tramp, and pennons flaunting gay, In all the pomp of chivalry and all war's proud array, O'er the green slopes of Boroughmuir, King James's army came With many a stalwart man-at-arms, and many a knight of fame; Their gleaming mail and glittering spears, their looks so proud a...
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