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Poem by William Lisle Bowles


Bamborough Castle


Ye holy Towers that shade the wave-worn steep,
Long may ye rear your aged brows sublime,
Though, hurrying silent by, relentless Time
Assail you, and the winds of winter sweep
Round your dark battlements; for far from halls
Of Pride, here Charity hath fixed her seat,
Oft listening, tearful, when the tempests beat
With hollow bodings round your ancient walls;
And Pity, at the dark and stormy hour
Of midnight, when the moon is hid on high,
Keeps her lone watch upon the topmost tower,
And turns her ear to each expiring cry;
Blessed if her aid some fainting wretch may save,
And snatch him cold and speechless from the wave. 



William Lisle Bowles

Poem Theme: Castles

William Lisle Bowles's other poems:
  1. Sonnet 7. At a Village in Scotland
  2. Netley Abbey
  3. Sonnet 11. Written at Ostend
  4. Glastonbury Abbey and Wells Cathedral
  5. Avenue in Savernake Forest


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