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

Mull, the Island

In the Sound of Mull

By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

TRADITION, be thou mute! Oblivion, throw

Thy veil in mercy o’er the records, hung

Round strath and mountain, stamped by the ancient tongue

On rock and ruin, darkening as we go,—

Spots where a word, ghost-like, survives to show

What crimes from hate, or desperate love, have sprung;

From honor misconceived, or fancied wrong,

What feuds, not quenched but fed by mutual woe.

Yet, though a wild, vindictive race, untamed

By civil arts and labors of the pen,

Could gentleness be scorned by those fierce men,

Who, to spread wide the reverence they claimed

For patriarchal occupations, named

Yon towering peaks, “Shepherds of Etive Glen”?