Sunday, 8 May 2022


"It is in Isaac that I have decreed

A glorious name unto thy holy seed.

From him the godly nation shall descend,

His sons their eastern conquests shall extend,

And from a race of kings at last shall rise

That glorious Monarch whose great victories

Shall overthrow the powers of Death and Hell

And them from their usurped realm expel.

Then all mankind, whom they did captivate

Shall be his grace attain a blessed state.

Redeemed out of the dark unpleasant grave,

He shall their lives in sacred dwellings save.

But first a long and various tracts of time

Must be expired before thy nephews climb

To these last glories; yet here steadfast rest

Thy faith: the world shall be in Isaac blessed.

Then let not longer thy affections flow

In a divided channel, but bestow

It whole on him who is ordained thine heir,

And trust thy other child unto my care."

Around Lasswade Cemetery, Midlothian
including burial plaque for
William Drummond of Hawthornden


I'm glad to hear how this strikes you!