William Edmondstoune Aytoun

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William Edmondstoune Aytoun Poems

1.
Edinburgh After Flodden

I.

News of battle!-news of battle!
Hark! 'tis ringing down the street:
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2.
The Execution Of Montrose

COME hither, Evan Cameron!
Come, stand beside my knee:
I hear the river roaring down
Towards the wintry sea.
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3.
The Island Of The Scots

I.

The Rhine is running deep and red,
The island lies before-
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4.
Charles Edward At Versailles

Take away that star and garter-
Hide them from my aching sight:
Neither king nor prince shall tempt me
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5.
The Broken Pitcher

It was a Moorish maiden was sitting by a well,
And what the maiden thought of, I cannot, cannot, tell,
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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 ...

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