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Interior Of Fingal's Cave, Looking To Iona

Interior Of Fingal's Cave, Looking To Iona

Photographer: Wilson, George Washington

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867


Item number: 4

Length: 10

Width: 7.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"'The shores of Mull on the eatward lay,

And Ulva dark, and Colonsay,

And all the group of islets gay

That guard famed Staffa round.

Then all unknown its columns rose

Where dark and undisturbed repose

The cormorant had found,

And the sky seal had quiet home,

And weltered in that wondrous dome,

Where, as to shame the temples decked

By skill of earthly architect,

Nature herself, it seemed, would raise

A Minstser to her Maker's praise!

Not for a meaner use ascend

Her columns, or her arches bend;

Nor of a theme less solemn tells

That mighty surge that ebbs and swells;

And still, between each awful pause,

From the high vault an answer draws

In varied tone prolonged and high,

That mocks the organ's melody.

Nor doth that entrance front in vain

To old Iona's holy fame,

That Nature's voice might seem to say -

'Well hast thou done frail child of clay!

Thy humble powers, that stately shrine

Tasked high and hard - but witness mine!'


Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of English and Scottish Scenery' by G W Wilson

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