William Edmondstoune Aytoun

(1813 - 1865 / Scotland)

William Edmondstoune Aytoun Poems

1. The Burial March Of Dundee 4/15/2010
2. The Heart Of The Bruce 4/15/2010
3. The Massacre Of Macpherson 1/3/2003
4. The Sheik Of Sinai In 1830 4/15/2010
5. The Widow Of Glencoe 4/15/2010
6. The Refusal Of Charon 1/3/2003
7. The Old Camp 4/15/2010
8. The Old Scotish Cavalier 4/15/2010
9. The Buried Flower 4/15/2010
10. Hermotimus 4/15/2010
11. Oenone 4/15/2010
12. Blind Old Milton 1/3/2003
13. Danube And The Euxine 4/15/2010
14. Epitaph Of Constantine Kanaris 4/15/2010
15. The Broken Pitcher 4/15/2010
16. Charles Edward At Versailles 4/15/2010
17. The Execution Of Montrose 1/1/2004
18. The Island Of The Scots 4/15/2010
19. Edinburgh After Flodden 4/15/2010
Best Poem of William Edmondstoune Aytoun

Edinburgh After Flodden

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News of battle!-news of battle!
Hark! 'tis ringing down the street:
And the archways and the pavement
Bear the clang of hurrying feet.
News of battle? Who hath brought it?
News of triumph? Who should bring
Tidings from our noble army,
Greetings from our gallant King?
All last night we watched the beacons
Blazing on the hills afar,
Each one bearing, as it kindled,
Message of the opened war.
All night long the northern streamers
Shot across the trembling sky:
Fearful lights, that never beckon
Save when kings or heroes ...

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The Refusal Of Charon

Why look the distant mountains
So gloomy and so drear?
Are rain clouds passing o’er them,
Or is the tempest near?
No shadow of the tempest
Is there, nor wind nor rain—
’Tis Charon that is passing by,
With all his gloomy train.

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