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Robert the Bruce

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    Alexander W. M. Clark Kennedy
Excerpt from book: CANTO I. STANZA I. It was an eve in fair July, Soft o'er the hill the breezes sigh A requiem for departing light, A welcome for approaching night. All nature's face was bright and gay, So sweet had been that summer's day. Still all aglow is yonder sky That points the roving stranger's eye Where sank the sun in peace to rest In gold and crimson in the west. How swift away the daylight flies ! The weary traveller homeward hies, The eagle seeks the mountain .crest, The falcon hurries to his nest, The deer have sought the forest shade, And owls flit noiseless down the glade. The mallard's quack is heard on high, The heron's screech alarms the sky, As wing they on their rapid flight To some far lake to pass the night. How fast the shadows fall around, And gather o'er the rocky ground, As darkness casts her dusky veil On lake and river, hill and dale. But soon a gentler, fairer ray Shall chase the gathering gloom away. The clouds disperse on every side, And stars are twinkling far and wide : The summer moon, in silver dight, Is softly shining full and bright Upon the crest of Curleywee, And on the bosom of Loch Dee (a). On rugged Craigencallie's height Plays 'mongst the rocks the fitful light On many an ancient forest tree, And on the slopes of high Craiglee. On grim Cairngarroch's summit grey The moonbeams dance in merry play: Where loves the prowling wolf to roam, And where the eagle makes its home, And where those mighty granite rocks Are refuge for the mountain fox, And where the "brock" at peace may dwell As doth the buzzard on Craignell. For bird and beast must surely be A paradise by wild Loch Dee (b). The badger. Though every bird had sought its nest And every beast had gone to rest Though each gay flower its petals closed And the glistening lake in peace repo...  
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