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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
 
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
INSTALLED on hills, her head near starry bowers,
Shines Edinburgh, proud of protecting powers.
Justice defends her heart; Religion east
With temples, Mars with towers doth guard the west;
Fresh nymphs and Ceres serving, wait upon her,        5
And Thetis tributary doth her honor.
The sea doth Venice shake, Rome Tiber beats,
Whilst she but scorns her vassal water’s threats.
For sceptres nowhere stands a town more fit,
Nor place where town world’s queen may fairer sit.        10
But this thy praise is, above all, most brave,
No man did e’er defame thee but a slave.
 
 
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