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Scottish poet
(1777 - 1844)
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The stormy music of the drum.
      - [Music]

To prevail in the cause that is dearer than life,
  Or, crush'd in its ruins, to die!
      - [Proposals]

Triumphant arch, that fill'st the sky when storms prepare to part!
      - [Rainbows]

While memory watches o'er the sad review of joys that faded like the morning dew.
      - [Memory]

Whose sun-bright summit mingles with the sky.
      - [Mountains]

Without our hopes, without our fears,
  Without the home that plighted love endears,
    Without the smile from partial beauty won,
      O! what were man?--a world without a sun.
      - [Man]

Without the smile from partial beauty won,
  O, what were man! a world without a sun!
      - [Beauty]

Heaven gives our years of fading strength
  Indemnifying fleetness;
    And those of Youth a seeming length,
      Proportioned to their sweetness.
      - A Thought Suggested by the New Year [Life]

The more we live, more brief appear
  Our life's succeeding stages;
    A day to childhood seems a year,
      And years like passing ages.
      - A Thought Suggested by the New Year [Time]

Drink to her that each loves best,
  And if you nurse a flame
    That's told but to her mutual breast,
      We will not ask her name.
      - A Toast [Toasts]

There was silence deep as death;
  And the boldest held his breath,
    For a time.
      - Battle of the Baltic [Silence]

I'll bid the hyacinth to blow,
  I'll teach my grotto green to be;
    And sing my true love, all below
      The holly bower and myrtle tree.
      - Caroline (pt. I) [Love]

What loved little islands, twice seen in their lakes,
  Can the wild water-lily restore.
      - Field Flowers [Water Lilies]

Ye field flowers! the gardens eclipse you 'tis true:
  Yet wildings of nature, I dote upon you,
    For ye waft me to summers of old,
      When the earth teem'd around me with fairy delight,
        And when daisies and buttercups gladden'd my sight,
          Like treasures of silver and gold.
      - Field Flowers [Flowers]

The fierce extremes of good and ill to brook.
      - Gertrude of Wyoming [Extremes]

'Twas sung, how they were lovely in their lives,
  And in their deaths had not divided been.
      - Gertrude of Wyoming (pt. 33) [Friends]

A stoic of the woods,--a man without a tear.
      - Gertrude of Wyoming (pt. I, st. 23)

He scorn'd his own, who felt another's woe.
      - Gertrude of Wyoming (pt. I, st. 24)

To-morrow let us do or die.
      - Gertrude of Wyoming (pt. III, st. 37)

What's hallowed ground? Has earth a clod
  Its Maker mean'd not should be trod
    By man, the image of his God,
      Erect and free,
        Unscourged by Superstition's rod.
      - Hallowed Ground [Graves]

To live in hearts we leave behind,
  Is not to die.
      - Hallowed Ground (st. 6) [Memory]

On Linden, when the sun was low,
  All bloodless lay the untrodden snow,
    And dark as winter was the flow
      Of Isar, rolling rapidly.
      - Hohenlinden [Isar River]

The combat deepens. On, ye brave,
  Who rush to glory, or the grave!
    Wave, Munich! all thy banners wave,
      And charge with all thy chivalry.
      - Hohenlinden [War]

Brougham delivered a very warm panegyric upon the ex-Chancellor, and expressed a hope that he would make a good end, although to an expiring Chancellor death was now armed with a new terror.
      - Lives of the Chancellors
         (vol. VII, p. 163) [Death]

Lochiel, Lochiel! beware of the day;
  For, dark and despairing, my sight I may seal,
    But man cannot cover what God would reveal.;
      'Tis the sunset of Lefe gives me mystical lore,
        And coming events cast their shadows before.
      - Lochiel's Warning [Revelation]

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