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



By Andrew James Symington (1826–1898)

IN little boat we lie

Close by the waterfall, at Inversnaid,

Which in a broad thin sheet comes dashing o’er

Brown cliffs, embosomed in green foliage,—

Bright rainbows gleaming in its mist-like spray;

While, from the crevices of neighboring rocks

Spring graceful harebells, nodding in the breeze,

And mirrored on the silent lake. Then gusts

Sweep sudden down the glens, a-wrinkling all

The surface of the loch; and veiling clouds

Rest on the mountain peaks. We hear,

Now, Ossian’s wildly murmuring wind-swept harp

Wail, echoed from far, lonely, dusky heights.