Lewsiana Or Life in the Outer Hebrides by
W. Anderson Smith (1875)
Extracts from a 60 minute DVD I have made of a visit
to the Isle of Lewis in March 2009 called Blackhouse Weekend,
containing video taken around the restored thatched blackhouse
village of Gearannan, where we stayed - ancient relics like the
pictish broch at Dun Carloway, and the Standing Stones at Callanish
and a visit to the town of Stornoway and its castle grounds
A FEW of these descriptive papers appeared originally
in the Glasgow Herald. We have added an historical chapter from the
best sources within our reach, but we claim no occult knowledge of
the early ages.
If we have said aught to wound the susceptibilities
of the “kindly Lews folk” it was far from our intention, as we have
nothing but pleasant memories of the people and the land. May they
all live to receive as much consideration as the deer and the
The Hebridean Exile's Lament in
Trees! Trees! Trees!
Sycamore, ash, and beech!
Oh! for the wild sea-breeze
That sweeps o’er the sandy reach.
Brushwood, tangled and green,
Scrambles ’neath monarchs of oak;
Far dearer to me the savage scene
Where the sea-waves roll’d and broke.
Growth is heavy and rank:
The earth is hard to reach:
Oh! for the rocks where the blue-dove flocks
O’er the wild sea-bitten beach.
Now snow lies deep around,
And wolves are howling by ;
But I hear the surge that drown’d
The low of the homely kye.
I hear the Barvas waves
Thunder across the waste;
I hear the wind that raves
O’er the hut on the hillside placed.
Now the panting sun doth stand!
And flowers rush up to heaven;
Can I live in a choking land!
My struggling heart seems riven!
Ye ships! bear, bear me back!
Ye winds! beat ’gainst my brow!
Till Bernera’s sunsets sink to black
O’er the land I worship now.
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