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Poem by William Drummond


INSTALLED on hills, her head near starry bowers,
Shines Edinburgh, proud of protecting powers.
Justice defends her heart; Religion east
With temples, Mars with towers doth guard the west;
Fresh nymphs and Ceres serving, wait upon her,
And Thetis tributary doth her honor.
The sea doth Venice shake, Rome Tiber beats,
Whilst she but scorns her vassal waters threats.
For sceptres nowhere stands a town more fit,
Nor place where town worlds queen may fairer sit.
But this thy praise is, above all, most brave,
No man did eer defame thee but a slave.

William Drummond

Poem Themes: Edinburgh, Cities of Scotland

William Drummond's other poems:
  1. Now While the Night Her Sable Veil Hath Spread
  2. Madrigal
  3. How That Vast Heaven Intitled First Is Roll'd
  4. Ora
  5. Dear Eye, Which Deign'st on This Sad Monument

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • William McGonagall Edinburgh ("Beautiful city of Edinburgh!")
  • Alexander Smith Edinburgh ("EDINA, high in heaven wan")
  • David Moir Edinburgh ("TRACED like a map the landscape lies")

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