William Topaz Mcgonagall

William Topaz Mcgonagall Poems

  • 1.  
    Alas! Sir John Ogilvy is dead, aged eighty-seven,
    But I hope his soul is now in heaven; For he was a generous-hearted gentleman I am sure,
  • 2.  
    Ye sons of Mars, come join with me,
    And sing in praise of Sir Herbert Stewart's little army, That made ten thousand Arabs flee
  • 3.  
    'TWAS in the month of December, and in the year l883,
    That a monster whale came to Dundee, Resolved for a few days to sport and play,
  • 4.  
    'Twas on the 1st of April, and in the year of Eighteen thirteen,
    That the whaler "Oscar" was wrecked not far from Aberdeen; 'Twas all on a sudden the wind arose, and a terrific blast it blew,
  • 5.  
    Sound drums and trumpets, far and near!
    And Let all Queen Victoria's subjects loudly cheer! And show by their actions that they revere,
  • 6.  
    There was a rich old gentleman
    Lived on a lonely moor in Switzerland, And he was very hard to the wandering poor,
  • 7.  
    'Twas on the 26th of August, the sun was burning hot,
    In the year of 1346, which will never be forgot, Because the famous field of Cressy was slippery and gory,
  • 8.  
    'Twas in the year of 1888, and on July the 14th day,
    That an alarming accident occurred in the River Tay. Which resulted in the sinking of the Tay Ferries' Steamer "Dundee,"
  • 9.  
    Alas! Now o'er Britannia there hangs a gloom,
    Because over 400 British Tars have met with a watery tomb; Who served aboard the " Victoria," the biggest ship in the navy,
  • 10.  
    'Twas on the heights of Alma the battle began.
    But the Russians turned and fled every man; Because Sir Colin Campbell's Highland Brigade put them to flight,
  • 11.  
    Richard Pigott, the forger, was a very bad man,
    And to gainsay it there's nobody can, Because for fifty years he pursued a career of deceit,
  • 12.  
    On one occasion King James the Fifth of Scotland, when alone, in disguise,
    Near by the Bridge of Cramond met with rather a disagreeable surprise. He was attacked by five gipsy men without uttering a word,
  • 13.  
    As the night was beginning to close in one rough September day
    In the year of 1838, a steamer passed through the Fairway Between the Farne Islands and the coast, on her passage northwards;
  • 14.  
    'Twas on Friday the 2nd of March, in the year of 1894,
    That the Storm Fiend did loudly laugh and roar Along the Black Isle and the Kessack Ferry shore,
  • 15.  
    Fellow Citizens of Dundee.
    I now must bid farewell to ye. For I am going to London far away.
  • 16.  
    'Twas in the year 1762 that France and Spain
    Resolved, allied together, to crush Britain; But the British Army sailed from England in May,
  • 17.  
    A sad tale of the sea I will relate, which will your hearts appal
    Concerning the burning of the steamship "City of Montreal," Which had on board two hundred and forty-nine souls in all,
  • 18.  
    Ye sons of Great Britain, I think no shame
    To write in praise of brave General Graham! Whose name will be handed down to posterity without any stigma,
  • 19.  
    Ye Sons of Mars, it gives me great content
    To think there has been erected a handsome monument In memory of the Black Watch, which is magnificent to see,
  • 20.  
    'Twas in the year of 1878, and. the winter had set in,
    Lord Roberts and the British Army their march did begin, On their way to Afghanistan to a place called Cabul;
  • 21.  
    A pathetic tragedy I will relate,
    Concerning poor Fred. Marsden's fate, Who suffocated himself by the fumes of gas,
  • 22.  
    Good people of Dundee, your voices raise,
    And to Miss Baxter give great praise; Rejoice and sing and dance with glee,
  • 23.  
    Alas! Beautiful Summer now hath fled,
    And the face of Nature doth seem dead, And the leaves are withered, and falling off the trees,
  • 24.  
    'Twas in the year of 1746, on a fine summer afternoon,
    When trees and flowers were in full bloom, That widow Riddel sat knitting stockings on a little rustic seat,
  • 25.  
    My parents were sober living, and often did pray
    For their family to abstain from intoxicating drink alway; Because they knew it would lead them astray
  • 26.  
    Beautiful Balmermo on the bonnie banks of Tay,
    It's a very bonnie spot in the months of June or May; The scenery there is charming and fascinating to see,
  • 27.  
    Ye sons of Mars, come list to me,
    And I will relate to ye A great and heroic naval fight,
  • 28.  
    'Twas at the Seige of Matagarda, during the Peninsular War,
    That a Mrs Reston for courage outshone any man there by far; She was the wife of a Scottish soldier in Matagarda Port,
  • 29.  
    Near by the silent waters of the Mediterranean,
    And at the door of an old hut stood a coloured man, Whose dress was oriental in style and poor with wear,
  • 30.  
    As I stood upon the sandy beach
    One morn near Pentland Ferry, I saw a beautiful brigantine,
  • 31.  
    Annie Marshall was a foundling, and lived in Downderry,
    And was trained up by a coast-guardsman, kind-hearted and merry And he loved Annie Marshall as dear as his life,
  • 32.  
    Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay!
    With your numerous arches and pillars in so grand array And your central girders, which seem to the eye
  • 33.  
    God prosper long our noble Queen,
    And long may she reign! Maclean he tried to shoot her,
  • 34.  
    'Twas in the year of 1874, and on New Year's Day,
    The British Army landed at Elmina without dismay, And numbering in all, 1400 bayonets strong,
  • 35.  
    As I stood upon London Bridge and viewed the mighty throng
    Of thousands of people in cabs and 'busses rapidly whirling along, All furiously driving to and fro,
  • 36.  
    Thrice welcome home to Hawick, Mr J. Graham Henderson,
    For by your Scotch tweeds a great honour you have won; By exhibiting your beautiful tweeds at the World's Fair
  • 37.  
    Ye Sons of Great Britain! come join with me
    And King in praise of the gallant British Armie, That behaved right manfully in the Soudan,
  • 38.  
    As I stood upon the Dean Bridge and viewed the beautiful scenery,
    I felt fascinated and my heart was full of glee, And I exclaimed in an ecstasy of delight,
  • 39.  
    'Twas after the great Majuba fight:
    And the next morning, at daylight, Captain Macbean's men were ordered to headquarters camp,
  • 40.  
    'Twas in the year of 1897, and on the night of Christmas day,
    That ten persons' lives were taken sway, By a destructive fire in London, at No. 9 Dixie Street,
  • 41.  
    Ye mountains and glens of fair Scotland I'm with ye once again,
    During my absence from ye my heart was like to break in twain; Oh! How I longed to see you and the old folks at home,
  • 42.  
    Beautiful Loch Leven, near by Kinross
    For a good day's fishing the angler is seldom at a loss, For the Loch it abounds with pike and trout,
  • 43.  
    Beautiful Sun! with thy golden rays,
    To God, the wise Creator, be all praise; For thou nourisheth all the creation,
  • 44.  
    Chorus --
    Bonnie Helen, will you go to Callander with me
  • 45.  
    'Twas in the town of Sunderland, and in the year of 1883,
    That about 200 children were launch'd into eternity While witnessing an entertainment in Victoria Hall,
  • 46.  
    All ye lovers of the picturesque, away
    To beautiful Torquay and spend a holiday 'Tis health for invalids for to go there
  • 47.  
    'Twas in the year of 1650, and on the twenty-first of May,
    The city of Edinburgh was put into a state of dismay By the noise of drums and trumpets, which on the air arose,
  • 48.  
    Jack Honest was only eight years of age when his father died,
    And by the death of his father, Mrs Honest was sorely tried; And Jack was his father's only joy and pride,
  • 49.  
    In one of fhe States of America, some years ago,
    There suddenly came on a violent storm of snow, Which was nearly the death of a party of workmen,
  • 50.  
    Oh, Bonnie Dundee! I will sing in thy praise
    A few but true simple lays, Regarding some of your beauties of the present day
Total 204 poems written by William Topaz Mcgonagall

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