She was a phantom of delight When first she gleamed upon my sight, A lovely apparition, sent To be a moments ornament; Her eyes as stars of twilight fair, Like twilights too her dusky hair, But all things else about her drawn From May-time and the cheerful dawn.
Note 1. It was on this occasion [the failure in energy of Lord Mar at the battle of Sheriffmuir] that Gordon of Glenbucket made the celebrated exclamation, Oh for an hour of Dundee!Mahon: History of England, vol. i. p. 184.
Oh for one hour of blind old Dandolo, The octogenarian chief, Byzantiums conquering foe! Lord Byron: Childe Harold, canto iv. stanza 12. [back]