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YARROW REVISITED, AND OTHER POEMS

COMPOSED (TWO EXCEPTED) DURING A TOUR IN SCOTLAND AND ON THE ENGLISH BORDER, IN THE AUTUMN OF 1831.

IX. EAGLES

COMPOSED AT DUNOLLIE CASTLE IN THE BAY OF OBAN

          DISHONOURED Rock and Ruin! that, by law
          Tyrannic, keep the Bird of Jove embarred
          Like a lone criminal whose life is spared.
          Vexed is he, and screams loud. The last I saw
          Was on the wing; stooping, he struck with awe
          Man, bird, and beast; then, with a consort paired,
          From a bold headland, their loved aery's guard,
          Flew high above Atlantic waves, to draw
          Light from the fountain of the setting sun.
          Such was this Prisoner once; and, when his plumes           10
          The sea-blast ruffles as the storm comes on,
          Then, for a moment, he, in spirit, resumes
          His rank 'mong freeborn creatures that live free,
          His power, his beauty, and his majesty.


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