Lays of the Highlands and Islands by John Stuart BlackieLays of the Highlands and Islands by John Stuart Blackie

Lays of the Highlands and Islands

byJohn Stuart Blackie

Paperback | August 7, 2009

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1872. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... ABERDEENSHIRE. BRAEMAR: THE THREE CHURCHES. The clear bell o'er the moor sounds far; And, through the lone sparse-peopled glen, Its weekly freight the Sabbath car Brings down of grave God-fearing men. Three churches in the village stand; This serves the State, and that is Free, The third doth own the Pope's command, And God in Heaven claims all the three. 'Tis well. Some men do sigh for unity, And for God's sheep one fold prepare, To live a faultless fair community, Somewhere on Earth, or in the air. Fond fools! in father Noah's ark, (The learn'd can tell how long ago), Had every dog its separate bark, And every face its diverse show. Look round on sky, and sea, and plain, This glowing scene of bright divinity, One single law, as with a chain, Doth bind the various vast infinity. From breeze-borne moth to stable-man One type informs the breathing race; The law, that rules God's Protean plan, Is sameness with a shifting face. All units from one centre flow, And all the strangely-woven strife Of high and low, and swift and slow, Makes music in a larger life. As the huge branches of a tree Clash, when the stormy buffets blow; Hostile they seem, but one they be, And by the strife that shakes them grow. So the vast world of adverse things, That with a reeling fury nod, Battles of churches and of kings, Have one unshaken root in God. Who this believes will fear no harm From counted articles, or beads; There's room in God's wide-circling arm For all that swear by all the creeds. Creeds are but school-books, kindly given To teach our stammering tongues to spell His name; all help the good to Heaven, And none can save the bad from Hell. BEN MUICDHUI. O'er broad Muicdhui sweeps the keen cold blast, Far whirrs the snow-bred, white-winged ptarmigan, Sheer sink the cliffs to...
Title:Lays of the Highlands and IslandsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 inPublished:August 7, 2009Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217007228

ISBN - 13:9780217007221