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Poem Title:  Ben Lomond

Poem Category:  Scottish

Poet:  Thomas Campbell

Poet Biography: 
Thomas Campbell (1777-1844) was a poet who was regarded with mixed emotions during his lifetime and great debate on death. For a full biography

Hadst thou a genius on thy peak,
What tales, white-headed Ben,
Could'st thou of ancient ages speak,
That mock th' historian's pen!

Thy long duration makes our lives
Seem but so many hours;
And likens, to the bees' frail hives,
Our most stupendous towers.

Temples and towers thou seest begun,
New creeds, new conquerers sway;
And, like their shadows in the sun,
Hast seen them swept away.

Thy steadfast summit, heaven-allied
(Unlike life's little span),
Looks down a mentor on the pride
Of perishable man.

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