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William Bell Scott

Poem written at Penkill Castle in Spring

Period:
19th Century
Description:

Transcript:  "Written at Penkill in Spring.
This morn at dawn within the temperate clime
of half-conscious in my chamber high,
I heard the jackdaws murmering "Let us fly,
let's fly", 'twas near the ploughman's starting time,
 and many feeble caws in answer chime,
"Hie, hie away, grey heads". When they had flown,
there was a perfect lull, and I went down
into deep slumber beneath dream or rhyme. 
But suddenly a louder clamour came,
the little jackdaws clamouring everyone,
the old beaks had returned with worm fly:
I looked up and the room was all aflame,
above the treetops was the brave young sun,
the lark was up beside him in the sky.
W.B.S."

Place of Production:
Penkill Castle, Ayrshire
Materials/Media:
ink on paper
Source:
The Dick Institute
Accession number:
KIMMG: PK/W127
Digital Number:
EADO011n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council