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ANALYSIS OF CANTO I.
INVOCATION-Inscription of the poem to Lady HyndfordRise of Clyde-Address to Tweed and Annan-Lead-minesFlocks-Morning-Shepherd life, in these districts, compared with that of Arcadia-Bagbie, Lamington, Lockhart-hall, with allusions to family history-Appearance of the different kinds of grain-Clyde compared to Britannia's king surrounded by his vassals-The Sower-Dangers to which the seed is exposed-Generation of Insects-Mowers-Reapers-TintoDouglas Castle-Legend concerning it-Origin of the Clan Douglas-Origin of Somerville-Falls of the Clyde-Lanark -Peaceful regulations of Kenneth-Death of the wife of Wallace by Hazelrig-Allusion to the battle of Agricola and Galgacus-Lockhart-Stonebyres-Origin of the family of Vere -Appearances of forest and fruit trees-Music of birdsNoon-Thunder-storm - Craignethan- Dalserf - DalzielAvondale-Chattelherault-Hamilton-Account of the family of Hamilton-Fox-hunting-Stag-hunting-Spawning of salmon—Scottish bison-Bothwell, the ancient seat of the Murrays-Allusion to the battle of Bothwell-bridge-CalderWoodhall, the seat of Campbell of Isla.
THY arching groves, O CLYDE, thy fertile plains,
Ye Powers! who o'er these winding dales preside,
And thou! to whom indulgent Heaven consigned
The power to bless, the fair angelic mind;
Who scorns to flatter, or to court reward;
Still makes their virtue and their charms her care;