This is a poem found entirely in Robert Crawford’s monograph On Glasgow and Edinburgh (2013).
Carefully researched and attractively written, this is a highly informative and insightful guide to both cities on their own and in contrast with each other.
The Athens of the North:
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine,
Chamber’s Edinburgh Journal.
Here I stand at
The Cross of Edinburgh,
And can, in a few minutes, take
Fifty men of genius and learning by the hand.
A city of grand,
Often riverless bridges;
Some historic streets are windswept
In their elevation,
Others oddly and fascinatingly
Mary King’s Close,
Beneath the Royal Mile’s City Chambers,
Has a haunted, museum-like stillness.
A museum exhibit,
A splendid stage set,
A wonderful museum of itself.