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Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


A Wraith in the Mist



Sir, I should build me a fortification, if I came to live here.  
Boswells Johnson.

ON the green little isle of Inchkenneth,
  Who is it that walks by the shore,
So gay with his Highland blue bonnet,
  So brave with his targe and claymore?

His form is the form of a giant,
  But his face wears an aspect of pain;
Can this be the Laird of Inchkenneth?
  Can this be Sir Allan McLean?

Ah, no! It is only the Rambler,
  The Idler, who lives in Bolt Court,
And who says, were he Laird of Inchkenneth,
  He would wall himself round with a fort.



Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poem Theme: Islands of Scotland

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's other poems:
  1. Thora of Rimol
  2. King Olafs War-Horns
  3. The Crew of the Long Serpent
  4. Einar Tamberskelver
  5. King Olafs Christmas


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