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


Inverness Castle

By William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

(From Macbeth)

DUNCAN.This castle hath a pleasant seat; the air

Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself

Unto our gentle senses.

BANQUO.This guest of summer,

The temple-haunting martlet, does approve,

By his loved mansionry, that the heaven’s breath

Smells wooingly here; no jutty, frieze,

Buttress, nor coigne of vantage, but this bird

Hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle.

Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed,

The air is delicate.