Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Scotland: Vols. VI–VIII. 1876–79.


In Plockton

By Cora Kennedy Aitken

A WILD, blue sea traversed by furious winds;

Dark islands to the stormy surface blown;

Rough coasts where heather stains the swarthy stone.

Beating upon the rocks fierce rain begins;

A willow group low in the valley spins

And reels and dances like a demon thing.

Masses of mountains, gloomy at the base,

With silvery sides and tops of misty gold,

Magnificently gathered in their place,

Rise girt about with splendor manifold:

Enchanted skies thrown vast and glittering

Above the winds and rains that rush below.

Horizons where the rainbows to and fro

Pass over clouds of darkness and of snow.