William Edmondstoune Aytoun

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W. E. Aytoun

William Edmondstoune Aytoun FRSE (21 June 1813 – 4 August 1865) was a Scottish poet, lawyer by training, and professor of rhetoric and belles lettres at the University of Edinburgh. He published poetry, translation, prose fiction, criticism and satire and was a lifelong contributor to the Edinburgh literary periodical Blackwoods Magazine. He was also a collector of Scottish ballads.


  • There is yet one place of shelter,
    Where the foeman cannot come,
    Where the summons never sounded
    Of the trumpet or the drum.
    There again we'll meet our children,
    Who, on Flodden's trampled sod,
    For their king and for their country
    Rendered up their souls to God.
    There shall we find rest and refuge,
    With our dear departed brave;
    And the ashes of the city
    Be our universal grave!
  • Fhairshon had a son,
    Who married Noah's daughter,
    And nearly spoiled ta Flood,
    By drinking up the water.

    Which he would have done,
    I at least pelieve it,
    Had the mixture been
    Only half Glenlivet.
    • Poem, The Massacre of the Macpherson
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