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

Loch Ranza

Loch Ranza

By Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)

(From The Lord of the Isles)

NOW launched once more, the inland sea

They furrow with fair augury,

And steer for Arran’s isle;

The sun, ere yet he sunk behind

Ben-ghoil, “the Mountain of the Wind,”

Gave his grim peaks a greeting kind,

And bade Loch Ranza smile.

Thither their destined course they drew;

It seemed the isle her monarch knew,

So brilliant was the landward view,

The ocean so serene;

Each puny wave in diamonds rolled

O’er the calm deep, where hues of gold

With azure strove and green.

The hill, the vale, the tree, the tower,

Glowed with the tints of evening’s hour,

The beech was silver sheen,

The wind breathed soft as lover’s sigh,

And, oft renewed, seemed oft to die,

With breathless pause between.

O who, with speech of war and woes,

Would wish to break the soft repose

Of such enchanting scene!