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THE

CHIEF OF GLEN-ORCHAY:

ILLUSTRATIVE OF

HIGHLAND MANNERS

AND

MYTHOLOGY

IN THE MIDDLE AGES.

LONDON:

SMITH, ELDER AND CO. CORNHILL.

1840.

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TO

THE MOST NOBLE

THE MARQUIS OF BREADALBANE,

This Poem,

FOUNDED ON A TRADITION

CONNECTED WITH THE MOST DISTINGUISHED OF

HIS LORDSHIP'S EARLY ANCESTORS,

IS, WITH MUCH RESPECT,

INSCRIBED.

THE CHIEF OF GLEN-ORCHAY.

CANTO I.

THE MARCH.

I.

Day wanes,—a short and wintry day!
The sun, with cold and glistening ray,
O'er Cruachan's high summit, takes
Leave of the alpine hills and lakes,
That frown in storm, in sunshine smile,
Where Perthshire borders with Argyle,
And streams, of note in Lowland plains,
From parent heights, in infant veins,
Drip devious down, and steal away
Through glens, with rocks and ruins grey,--
East, west, north, south ; till, full and strong,
Trade's craft they distant bear along,
And mirror in their peaceful tide,
Wealth’s every pomp that decks their side.

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