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COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833

XXV. ON REVISITING DUNOLLY CASTLE

          THE captive Bird was gone;--to cliff or moor
          Perchance had flown, delivered by the storm;
          Or he had pined, and sunk to feed the worm:
          Him found we not: but, climbing, a tall tower,
          There saw, impaved with rude fidelity
          Of art mosaic, in a roofless floor,
          An Eagle with stretched wings, but beamless eye--
          An Eagle that could neither wail nor soar.
          Effigy of the Vanished--(shall I dare
          To call thee so?) or symbol of fierce deeds                 10
          And of the towering courage which past times
          Rejoiced in--take, whate'er thou be, a share,
          Not undeserved, of the memorial rhymes
          That animate my way where'er it leads!


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