William Motherwell

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William Motherwell

William Motherwell (October 13, 17971835) was a Scottish poet, antiquary and journalist.


  • I ’ve wandered east, I ’ve wandered west,
    Through mony a weary way;
    But never, never can forget
    The luve o’ life’s young day!
    • Jeannie Morrison (c. 1832), Stanza 1.
  • ’T was then we luvit ilk ither weel,
    ’T was then we twa did part:
    Sweet time—sad time! twa bairns at scule—
    Twa bairns and but ae heart.
    • Jeannie Morrison (c. 1832), Stanza 3. Compare: "Zwei Seelen und ein Gedanke, Zwei Herzen und ein Schlag" (translated: "Two souls with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one"), Eligius Franz Joseph von Münch-Bellinghausen, Ingomar the Barbarian, Act ii.; " Two friends, two bodies with one soul inspir’d" Alexander Pope, The Iliad of Homer, Book xvi, line 267.
  • And we, with Nature’s heart in tune,
    Concerted harmonies.
    • Jeannie Morrison (c. 1832), Stanza 8.
  • Mournfully, oh, mournfully,
    The midnight wind doth sigh,
    Like some sweet plaintive melody
    Of ages long gone by.
    • The Midnight Wind.