Poems from John O'Groat's

Poems from John O'Groat's

by James Traill Calder
     
 
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 Excerpt: ... her eyry, on the craggy height, Tho' all unpolished and untaught by art, The gallant hunter had a feeling heart. And he was shocked to think this child

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 Excerpt: ... her eyry, on the craggy height, Tho' all unpolished and untaught by art, The gallant hunter had a feeling heart. And he was shocked to think this child should be Snatched from its home in happy infancy, And on an Alpine cliff become the food Of a wild eagle's fierce and ravenous brood; For the poor peasants too he deeply felt, Who doubtless in some neighbouring cottage dwelt. So the tried marksman, resolute and brave, At once determined--if he could not save The infant's life--to shoot the bird of prey, And bear its victim's mangled corse away. Poising his rifle then with steady aim, Which heretofore had slaughtered countless game, "God of the helpless! guide my hand," he prayed, Then fired directly at the eagle's head. Now, up the crag with beating heart he flew, When, lo! he found to his delighted view The eagle dead; the child, though wounded sore By the bird's talons and besmeared with gore, Alive and free from aught of vital harm, For round the babe was heaven's protecting arm. Soon time the parents, with unbounded joy, Beheld again their lately missing boy. The mother clasped the favourite to her breast--His cheek and lips in ecstasy she kissed, And o'er him as in tears of love she bent, Pale as the marble she was seen to faint. All were delighted save the idiot boy, Who manifested not the smallest joy, But on the infant gazed with sullen mien, Like one that's stung with jealousy and spleen; He thought his mother loved the little child More than himself, and oftener on him smiled, And hence his frantic merriment that day The ruthless eagle carried him away. The boy attained to manhood, and became A herdsman like his sire of honest fame; But the brave man who saved his life when young, To him his heart with grateful feelings clung; And when ...

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ISBN-13:
2940023274294
Publisher:
Wick : Reid
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