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1863 Excerpt: ...to narrate This ancient tale of woe, And showeth
where the gipsy sate And sang her brooding song of fate, Beside old
Clachnacoe. Engulf'd a shallop may have been Near to the Maiden
Isle, But when drink muddles Celtic een It needs no spaewife's
song, I ween, Their senses to beguile. Old Esop of a Frog doth
tell, Who wasted all his energies. That he might other Frogs excel,
And match the Ox in weight and size. So Superstition facts doth
swell Till pigmies grow to prodigies; So potent is her mighty spell
That nought is truth save dreams and lies. Now mark what to this
Frog befell--He burst before the Froglings' eyes; But Superstition
dark and fell Thrives most on what she magnifies. She maketh earth
a hideous hell, Replete with monstrous fantasies; Her carnival is
Reason's knell--She revels 'mid his obsequies. XI. BEN CRUACHAN.
Farewell, Mull, Lismore, and Morven; Turn we where at east by
north, Distant sixteen miles or more, Ben Cruachan stands boldly
forth. Further back than history reaches Cruachan has brav'd the
storm; Listen to his grumbling speeches, Look upon his giant form.
1. Near the Pass of Awe I'm standing--Solemn, gloomy, cold,
austere--Like a sentinel demanding Passwords with a frown severe.
But no one my challenge cares for, Stage-coaches run round my base,
Where the guard exacteth fares for Pleasant trips on summer days.
Frail and old now no one loves me, Though by thousand tempests
torn; Sad reverse of fortune moves me, Modern times I hold in
scorn. Empires fall, and I am fallen From my ancient regal state;
Round me now are church and hallen Built of stone and roof'd with
slate. Zephyrs sighing, tempests howling, Scorching sunbeams,
mantling snows, Flashing lightnings, storm-clouds scowling, Ne'er
disturb my deep repose; But eternal hunting, f...
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