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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Scotland by Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid)

It requires great love of it deeply to read
The configuration of a land,
Gradually grow conscious of fine shadings,
Of great meanings in slight symbols,
Hear at last the great voice that speaks softly,
See the swell and fall upon the flank
Of a statue carved out in a whole country’s marble,
Be like Spring, like a hand in a window
Moving New and Old things carefully to and fro,
Moving a fraction of flower here,
Placing an inch of air there,
And without breaking anything.
So I have gathered unto myself
All the loose ends of Scotland,
And by naming them and accepting them,
Loving them and identifying myself with them,
Attempt to express the whole.

From: http://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poetry/poems/scotland-0

Date: 1943

By: Christopher Murray Grieve (Hugh MacDiarmid) (1892-1978)

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