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Poem by Amanda Maria Corey Edmond


Loch Leven Castle


PROUD ruin on Loch Levens stream,
Whose waters dance with silver gleam,
  Beneath the gentle breezes swell,
    That bear upon their downy wing
  The fragrance of the heather bell,
    On every wild hill blossoming,

With ivied battlement and tower,
And remnant rude of kingly power,
  Thou standest as in days of yore,
    When pensive Mary, Scotlands Queen,
  A prisoner on the castled shore,
    Gazed on the lake of sparkling sheen.

Thy name with hers is woven yet,
And who shall Marys name forget,
  Though thou mayst crumble from the view,
    And Levens waters cease to run,
  Reflecting from their breast of blue
    The silver moon and golden sun?

No wardens fire shall eer again
  Illume Loch Levens bosom fair,
Nor clarion shrill of armored men
  The breeze across the lake shall bear.
But while remains a stone of thine,
  It shall be linked to royal fame,
For there a Rose of Stuarts line
  Hath left the fragrance of her name.



Amanda Maria Corey Edmond

Poem Theme: Castles

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