Scottish Poetry Selection
- Mountain Twilight
Mountain Twilight is by the Perthshire poet William Renton and appeared in his book of poetry "Oils and Water Colours" published in 1893. He certainly paints a vivid picture in words of all the colours of a mountain twilight - which is as good as any painting.
Mountain TwilightThe hills slipped over each on each
Till all their changing shadows died.
Now in the open skyward reach
The lights grow solemn side by side.
While of these hills the westermost
Rears high his majesty of coast
In shifting waste of dim-blue brine
And fading olive hyaline;
Till all the distance overflows,
The green in watchet and the blue
In purple. Now they fuse and close -
A darkling violet, fringed anew
With light that on the mountains soar,
A dusky flame on tranquil shores;
Kindling the summits as they grow
In audience to the skies that call,
Ineffable in rest and all
The pathos of the afterglow.
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