News of battle!-news of battle!
Hark! 'tis ringing down the street:
COME hither, Evan Cameron!
Come, stand beside my knee:
I hear the river roaring down
Towards the wintry sea.
The Rhine is running deep and red,
The island lies before-
Take away that star and garter-
Hide them from my aching sight:
Neither king nor prince shall tempt me
Aytoun was the only son of a prosperous Edinburgh family. The fierce Jacobitism and love of ballads of his mother, Joan Keir Aytoun, had a lasting influence upon Aytoun's own political and literary preferences. His father, Roger Aytoun, was a leading writer to the Signet; this was a superior order of solicitors peculiar to Scotland, among whose pri ...