Verse > Anthologies > Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. > Poems of Places > Scotland
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Glen Moriston
Glen Moriston
Cora Kennedy Aitken
A STRETCH of sky all black and threatening,
And opposite a sky as bright as gold;
A mountain where the burning rowans cling,
Half lit with life, half shadowy and cold.
Beneath two rugged lines of rock, that hold        5
Atwixt them a wild river, hurled along
With all its foaming life-blood poured among
The sombre stones whereon leans heather bold,
Whose crimson palms, dipped reckless in the stream,
Can hardly struggle to the shore again.        10
Oak-trees and laurels wandering down the glen;
In all the air a pale bewildered gleam
Of sunlight moving lonely through a haze
Of rain, whose measured music fills the days.

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