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Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)


Postby ChrisW » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:05 am

Am I uneducated because I didn't know this poem about Lochnagar (Byron) existed - How many others Munros have a poem about them??

Away, ye gay landscapes, ye gardens of roses!
In you let the minions of luxury rove;
Restore me the rocks where the snow-flake reposes,
Though still they are sacred to freedom and love;
Yet, Caledonia, beloved are thy mountains,
Round their white summits though elements war;
Though cataracts foam 'stead of smooth-flowing fountains,
I sigh for the valley of dark Loch na Garr.

Ah ! there my young footsteps in infancy wandered;
My cap was the bonnet, my cloak was the plaid;
On chieftains long–perished my memory ponder'd,
As daily I strode through the pine–covered glade;
I sought not my home till the day's dying glory
Gave place to the rays of the bright polar star;
For fancy was cheered by traditional story,
Disclosed by the natives of dark Loch na Garr.

"Shades of the dead! Have I not heard your voices
Rise on the night–rolling breath of the gale?"
Surely the soul of the hero rejoices,
And rides on the wind, o'er his own Highland vale.
Round Loch na Garr while the stormy mist gathers,
Winter presides in his cold icy car:
Clouds there encircle the forms of my fathers;
They dwell in the tempests of dark Loch na Garr.

Ill–starr'd, though brave, did no visions foreboding
Tell you that fate had forsaken your cause?
Ah! were you destined to die at Culloden,
Victory crowned not your fall with applause:
Still were you happy in death's earthly slumber,
You rest with your clan in the caves of Braemar;
The pibroch resounds, to the piper's loud number,
Your deeds on the echoes of dark Loch na Garr.

Years have rolled on, Loch na Garr, since I left you,
Years must elapse ere I tread you again:
Nature of verdure and flowers has bereft you,
Yet still you are dearer than Albion's plain.
England! thy beauties are tame and domestic,
To one who has roved o'er the mountains afar:
Oh for the crags that are wild and majestic!
The steep frowning glories of dark Loch na Garr.
:clap:
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby Merry-walker » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:15 am

Fantastic Chris

I did a poem at Christmas... bitty sad though :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby Border Reiver » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:29 am

The Corries sing it well.

Though they don't always sing all verses.
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby Alastair S » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:41 am

I knew about the poem but didn't realize it had been set to music - thanks for that Corries link :D 8)
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby ChrisW » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:56 am

Border Reiver wrote:The Corries sing it well.

Though they don't always sing all verses.


Excellent - thanks for that :D
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby ChrisW » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:59 am

Merry-walker wrote:Fantastic Chris

I did a poem at Christmas... bitty sad though :lol: :lol: :lol:


Are you keeping it to yourself??
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby Merry-walker » Fri Mar 04, 2011 1:46 am

No Chris, it's on here :)

Ode to Christmas
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby gaffr » Fri Mar 04, 2011 8:11 am

Try NN 616410 written by Bill Tulloch :) Also Poems of the Scottish Hills. An Anthology by H. Brown. There's a few in that volume :lol:
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby magicdin » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:48 am

gaffr wrote:Also Poems of the Scottish Hills. An Anthology by H. Brown. There's a few in that volume :lol:


The poem by Syd Scroggie especially
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby Paul Webster » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:51 am

Ben Dorain has a poem, by a famed Gaelic bard called Duncan Ban MacInytre, who lived up the Auch Gleann. It's called 'In Praise of Ben Dorain' (except it's in Gaelic), and literary scholars seem to regard it very highly.
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby magicdin » Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:07 am

Paul Webster wrote:Ben Dorain has a poem, by a famed Gaelic bard called Duncan Ban MacInytre, who lived up the Auch Gleann. It's called 'In Praise of Ben Dorain' (except it's in Gaelic), and literary scholars seem to regard it very highly.


It has been translated into English - by Iain Chrichton Smith
In the anthology mentioned by gaffr there is an abridged version - 5 verses
The full poem has hundreds of verses
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby Border Reiver » Fri Mar 04, 2011 10:31 am

It's not a poem, but the Runrig song - "The Summer Walkers", mentions Ben Hope, as well as Kilbreck, Suilven, Ben Loyal, Stack and Arkle.
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby Caberfeidh » Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:24 am

Eric Morcambe's touching eulogy always gets me -

Two cows chewing grass, on a grassy hillock:
Just think, I said to myself - soon that grass will be millock (milk, geddit??)
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby yokehead » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:31 pm

Caberfeidh wrote:Eric Morcambe's touching eulogy always gets me -

Two cows chewing grass, on a grassy hillock:
Just think, I said to myself - soon that grass will be millock (milk, geddit??)

Oh my gawd Caberfeidh, that's awful, chop off your hands forthwith for having the neck to repeat it :shock: :shock:.
But brilliant it is :lol: :lol:

I recall reading in Hamish's Mountain Walk about the late Tom Patey's adaptation of the Byron classic into:

Gasherbrum, Masherbrum, Distigal Sar,
Are all good training for dark Lochnagar

Apparently it was made into a song. It may be in his book One Man's Mountains which has reminded me I must get it!
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Re: Lochnagar Poem - (Byron)

Postby morag1 » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:42 pm

It's a beautiful, very stirring poem and I have read it many times in the past.

My mother in law was an English teacher at Aberdeen Grammar School and Lord Byron was a pupil there. He was brought up in the Aberdeen area ( as was my husband) and was a great lover of the hills. All that hill-walking gave him good health. In later years he went to live in Italy with Shelley and fell for the charms of a young maiden who lived some distance away. It would have taken too long to travel to see her so Lord Byron found out that the most direct route would be to swim some vast distance, the equivalent of swimming the English Channel, and he did just that wearing his normal clothing!! To this day a group of students do the "Lord Byron swim" every year, you can google it if you want to find out more.

i spend a lot of time in Aberdeen and Lochnagar is a stunningly beautiful mountain. Its hard to get to though as you have to drive along a single track road which is usually full of cars, all the oil workers heading for the hills on their days off.
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