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Brown William The Power of the Harp and Other Ballads   By: (1859-1937)

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In Thomas James Wise's collection of poems, "The Power of the Harp and Other Ballads," readers are taken on a captivating journey through the realms of imagination and emotion. With lyrical prowess, Brown William's verses transport us to a world where the harp becomes an embodiment of power, imbued with the ability to cast spells, heal hearts, and sway destinies.

What makes this collection truly exceptional is Wise's ability to evoke vivid imagery through his words. Each ballad is crafted meticulously, painting intricate scenes in the reader's mind. From ethereal landscapes to majestic castles, every detail is brought to life, capturing the essence of the narrative in a way that is truly enchanting.

The poems in this collection are also deeply resonant, as they explore themes of love, loss, and triumph. Brown William's heartfelt verses on the power of love and its ability to overcome any obstacle are particularly moving. They remind us of the enduring strength found within the human spirit and offer solace in times of despair.

Wise's poetic style is both elegant and accessible. He effortlessly weaves together rhymes and rhythms, creating a melodic flow that echoes the enchanting sound of the harp itself. His words seem to dance across the pages, inviting readers to immerse themselves fully in the realm he has created.

Moreover, the collection is adorned with beautiful illustrations that further enhance the reading experience. These stunning visual representations not only bring the narrative to life but also evoke a sense of wonder and awe.

However, it is worth mentioning that some readers may find the pacing of the collection uneven. While certain ballads are filled with suspense and excitement, others may feel slower in their progression. Nevertheless, this minor inconsistency does not detract from the overall impact of the collection.

"The Power of the Harp and Other Ballads" is a poetic masterpiece that will captivate fans of fantasy, romance, and lyrical prose. Wise's talent for storytelling, coupled with Brown William's mesmerizing verses, creates a truly unforgettable reading experience. Delicate and powerful, this collection resonates long after the final page has been turned, reminding us of the enduring magic that lies within the written word.

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Copyright in the United States of America by Houghton , Mifflin & Co. for Clement Shorter .


This ballad was written in consequence of the execution of William Christian , generally called William Donn , or Brown William , from the darkness of his complexion , who was shot at Hango Hill , near Castletown , in the Isle of Man , shortly after the Restoration , for alleged treason to the Derby family , who long possessed the sovereignty of Man . . . . The ballad of “ Brown William ,” which gives an account of the betrayal of the poor patriot , and the vengeance taken by the hand of God upon his murderers , is the most popular of all the wild songs of Ellan Vannin .

Let no one in greatness too confident be, Nor trust in his kindred, though high their degree; For envy and rage will lay any man low: Thy murder, Brown William, fills Mona with woe... Continue reading book >>

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