Clyde, a Descriptive Poem

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A. Fullarton, 1859 - 120 pages

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Page 30 - He seems to have been, at least among us, the author of a species of composition that may be denominated local poetry, of which the fundamental subject is some particular landscape, to be poetically described with the addition of such embellishments as may be supplied by historical retrospection or incidental meditation.
Page 90 - ... on applying for his seat in the house of lords, it was objected, that, by the 23d article of the union, " no peer of Scotland could, after the union, be created a peer of England ;" and, after a long debate, the house resolved accordingly 30 Dec.
Page 86 - To what untrodden shore ? Less than divine command they spurn ; But this we from the mountains learn, And this the valleys show ; That never will they deign to hold Communion where the heart is cold To human weal and woe. The man of abject soul in vain Shall walk the Marathonian plain ; Or tin-id the shadowy gloom, That still invests the guardian Pass, Where stood, sublime, Leonidas Devoted to the tomb.
Page 84 - I have seen the Falls of Clyde, And never can forget them ; For memory, in her hours of pride, 'Midst gems of thought will set them With every living thing allied — I will not now regret them ! And I have stood by Bonnington And watched the sparkling current THE FALLS OF CLYDE.
Page 83 - ... him on the left, the romantic banks on the opposite side, the river calmly pursuing its onward course, and the rich garniture of wood with which the whole is dressed, combine to form a spectacle with which the most celebrated cataracts in Switzerland and Sweden will scarcely stand a comparison.
Page 54 - And herds and harvests down the waves are borne. Huge stones heaved upward through the boiling deep, And rocks enormous thundering down the steep, In swift descent, fixed rocks encountering, roar, Crash as from slings discharged, and shake the shore. From that drear grot which bears thy sacred name, Heroic Wallace, ever dear to fame, Did I the terrors of the scene behold. I saw the liquid snowy mountains rolled Prone down the awful steep; I heard the din That shook the hill, from caves that boiled...
Page 41 - ... mankind bless his ray. Healthful and gay the shepherd leaves his rest As early morn first streaks the ruddy east ; His dogs attending, bounds the mountains o'er, Explores, collects, and counts his fleecy store, Then tunes his pipes, and with a cheerful lay Joins the grand hymn to welcome rising day. The towering lark ascends on pinions strong, And as she mounts improves the varying song; Sweeter and sweeter modulates the sound, Till song and songster are in ether drowned. Her numbers clear the...
Page 83 - By this the traveller descends into a deep and capacious amphitheatre, where he finds himself exactly in front and on a level with the bottom of the fall. The foaming waters, as they are projected in a double leap over the precipice, the black and weltering pool below, the magnificent range of dark perpendicular rocks...
Page 7 - The Editor dismisses this little volume from his hands with mingled pleasure and regret : pleasure, from the recollection of several agreeable hours spent in its arrangement, during the intervals of severer study ; and regret at bidding adieu to the investigation of Scotish literary antiquities, a subject which he can never expect to resume.
Page 44 - BO formidable was the force under his command, that he met and defeated a considerable body of the English in a regular engagement in the neighbourhood of Biggar. It has been alleged, that, on this memorable occasion, Edward commanded in person; but such could not have been the case, as the English monarch was not in the country at the time. That a considerable battle was fought in the neighbourhood, there is reason to believe, as well from current tradition, as from the number of tumuli which are...

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