William Edmondstoune Aytoun

(1813 - 1865 / Scotland)

William Edmondstoune Aytoun Poems

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

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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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