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Poem by Lydia Huntley Sigourney


Loch Leven Castle


THOU rude and ancient pile,
  Holding thy vigil lone,
Amid the heath-clad isle,
  Where Levens waters moan,
Show me the prison-tower
  Of Scotlands fairest queen,
Who, reared in Gallias royal bower,
  Endured thy tyrant spleen.

Count me the thousand sighs
  Her tortured bosom poured,
The tears that dimmed those eyes
  Which rival kings adored,
Unfold her darkened fate,
  A haughty brothers scorn,
Of her own native realm, the hate,
  Of maddened love, the thorn.

Methinks a midnight boat
  Still cleaves yon silent tide,
Its glimmering torchlights float
  In mingled fear and pride;
Young Douglas wildly steers,
  His throbbing heart beats high,
As freedoms long-lost radiance cheers
  The rescued prisoners eye.

He sees no vision pale
  Where axe and scaffold gleam,
He hears no stifled wail,
  He marks no life-blood stream.
With ill-dissembled mien,
  Who wields yon vengeful rod?
Who made thee judge, thou English queen?
  Her sins are with her God.

Hark! from yon mouldering cell
  The owl her shriek repeats,
And all the tissued spell
  Of wildering fancy fleets;
Lochlevens ruined towers
  Once more the moonbeams flout,
And tangled herbage chokes those bowers
  Whence the rich harp breathed out.

The lakes unruffled breast
  Expands like mirror clear,
With emerald islets drest,
  Each in its hermit-sphere;
Yet from those fair retreats
  Do mournful memories flow,
And every murmuring shade repeats
  Mary of Scotlands woe.



Lydia Huntley Sigourney

Poem Theme: Castles

Lydia Huntley Sigourney's other poems:
  1. Mrs. Charles N. Cadwallader
  2. Garafilia Mohalby
  3. Mrs. Mary Mildenstein Robertson
  4. Rev. Dr. F. W. Hatch
  5. Denison Olmsted, LL.D.


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