COMPOSED OR SUGGESTED DURING A TOUR IN THE SUMMER OF 1833
ON REVISITING DUNOLLY CASTLE
See former series, "Yarrow Revisited," etc., p. 691.
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
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!
Title: 'On revisiting Dunolly Castle.'
This ingenious piece of workmanship, as I afterwards learned,
had been executed for their own amusement by some labourers
employed about the place.