Wednesday, July 04, 2007

The Mountain Echo

Ben Arthur (affectionately known as The Cobbler)(Scottish Gaelic: Beinn Artair) is situated above Loch Long. It is 884 m in height. It is part of the so-called Arrochar Alps near Glasgow.

YES, it was the mountain Echo,
Solitary, clear, profound,
Answering to the shouting Cuckoo,
Giving to her sound for sound!

Unsolicited reply
To a babbling wanderer sent;
Like her ordinary cry,
Like--but oh, how different!

Hears not also mortal Life?
Hear not we, unthinking Creatures!
Slaves of folly, love, or strife--
Voices of two different natures?

Have not 'we' too?--yes, we have
Answers, and we know not whence;
Echoes from beyond the grave,
Recognised intelligence!

Such rebounds our inward ear
Catches sometimes from afar--
Listen, ponder, hold them dear;
For of God,--of God they are.

William Wordsworth (April 7, 1770 – April 23, 1850)