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


On the Frith of Clyde

By William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

ARRAN! a single-crested Teneriffe,

A St. Helena next,—in shape and hue

Varying her crowded peaks and ridges blue;

Who but must covet a cloud-seat, or skiff

Built for the air, or wingéd Hippogriff,

That he might fly, where no one could pursue,

From this dull monster and her sooty crew;

And, as a god, light on thy topmost cliff?

Impotent wish! which reason would despise

If the mind knew no union of extremes,

No natural bond between the boldest schemes

Ambition frames and heart-humilities.

Beneath stern mountains many a soft vale lies,

And lofty springs give birth to lowly streams.