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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII.  1876–79.
Ben Lomond
Ben Lomond
Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)
HADST thou a genius on thy peak,
  What tales, white-headed Ben,
Couldst thou of ancient ages speak,
  That mock the historian’s pen!
Thy long duration makes our lives        5
  Seem but so many hours;
And likens to the bees’ frail hives
  Our most stupendous towers.
Temples and towers thou ’st seen begun,
  New creeds, new conquerors’ sway;        10
And, like their shadows in the sun,
  Hast seen them swept away.
Thy steadfast summit, heaven-allied,
  Unlike life’s little span,
Looks down, a Mentor on the pride        15
  Of perishable man.

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