William Edmondstoune Aytoun
William Edmondstoune Aytoun Poems
- Edinburgh After Flodden I. News of battle!-news of ...
- The Island Of The Scots I. The Rhine is running deep and ...
- The Widow Of Glencoe Do not lift him from the bracken, Leave...
- Charles Edward At Versailles Take away that star and ...
- The Execution Of Montrose COME hither, Evan Cameron! ...
- The Broken Pitcher It was a Moorish maiden was sitting by a ...
- The Sheik Of Sinai In 1830 I. 'Lift me without the tent, I...
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 privileges was that of appearing before the Court of Sessions, the supreme civil court of the kingdom. Roger Aytoun planned William's education carefully, preparing him with a private tutor for three years before sending him to the newly opened Edinburgh Academy in 1824 and to Edinburgh University in 1828. The university curriculum was basically ... more »
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Edinburgh After Flodden
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 ...